The daughter’s dilemma,
2022 – 23

This series of stitched artworks uses textiles, linens, lace and crocheted elements which come from collections of items that have been inherited by friends and given to the artist to ‘do something with, because I can’t throw them away’. The works explore the dilemmas posed by inheriting such objects, or clearing a house after a parent has died. What is it about stitched and handmade textile objects that is so emotive and why does it seem to fall to women to sort these things out? The series considers how processes of sorting and selecting items to keep or throw away, relate to grief and loss, and investigates how such companion objects hold memories and meanings that are handed from mother to daughter, and which carry individual stories of places and times that have passed.