As women we are often thrown the line ‘you are mad’, or ‘mental’, ‘is it your time of the month?’ A line meaning to address your mood, what you may be saying and often as a form of gaslighting to throw you off any form of strength you are expressing.
Addressing the theme of the artists own mental health, treatment as a woman and a mother, especially when suffering from post-partum depression.
This textile piece was a product of research into the lives of the everyday woman prior to the 20th century who had fallen victim to the whims of their husbands, incarcerated into asylums. It includes a letter written to a husband begging to be allowed home.
This work allows the artist to realise her worst fears at this point in her mental health journey.
Embroidery, beading, felting, applique and leather on linen.