Video 7mins 33secs
In this piece I investigate the meanings behind fragments and collections of objects. Touching on issues around memory, trauma and exile Her Tree is a video installation that depicts the silent folding of a cloth embroidered by three generations of women, including my grandmother, mother and sister. Originating in central Europe and embroidered at particular times in the women’s lives, such as during pregnancy or illness, the cloth has come to symbolise survival and celebration as well as separation and dispossession. Her Tree marks the connections between women and the passing on of knowledge and culture between generations.
Originally this piece was shown at Cornerhouse, Manchester in a small, dedicated space with a large screen and seats so that viewers could sit down comfortably and engage with the work. The folded cloth was placed at the entrance to the room in a perspex museum case at waist height.