This is a film of an art installation that I collaborated on with film maker/artist Alison O'Neill. In the collaboration we were researching the imagined child, in this case a daughter. Present from the first time we imagine ourselves as mothers, the child is seen and experienced in our minds eye. However the child may never be born, she is fleeting, real and yet not real, behind a thin veil. It is common through an infertility journey, that the role of superstitions come to the fore, as in the supposed bad luck of seeing a single magpie, or the good luck of seeing two or more, remembered after being passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, these inheritances that may be left with nowhere to go. The image of the magpie is linked by 45 threads to 45 inherited buttons, one in 5 women aged 45+ are childless, some through choice, some not so. At the end of the child sequence the daughter escapes us, running into the distance. We don't know if she will return.
Jo Paul: artjop.co.uk
Alison O'Neill: alisononeill.co.uk
Benjamin D Cooper: benjamindcooper.co.uk