This work, “The Company of Women”, involves the collection of photographs of female people: family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours, each wearing the same shawl.
The aim of the work is to discuss the value of the relationships that we develop in our lifetimes and the fragility of these connections. I have constructed a self portrait in which I remain invisible but whose component parts are formed by my own unique connections. These connections may be broken as knitting wool can be unravelled.
The shawl was knitted from the wool of the rare Soay sheep from St. Kilda. The pattern is by wool artist Liz Lovick. http://www.northernlace.co.uk/
The Company of Women was shown as part of my solo show LACE WEIGHT in January, 2019 at the North Wall Arts Centre gallery, Oxford.