a site - generated exhibition referencing the personal
and community memory of the death of my child, Davin.
Situated in a former chapel, this work celebrated 'continuum'
and honoured the process of grieving.
return is a glimpse,
the movement is cyclic,
nature completes itself
I remember...holding your hand through town as you said ?hello? to strangers / ?that was a nice lady? / taking off your wellies to go in the bank because there was carpet on the floor / red wellies with yellow tops / the ones you loved / the ones you died in / finding onions in my shoes / wondering / where you were / with little May-May / on the path / between our home & hers / where we and the wind / scattered your ashes / I remember / your little arms around my neck / the feel of your cheek pressed against mine ...and how you loved the daffodils
Throughout return, Prema received in the region of 2,000+ visitors to the work. The processes and outcomes of this exhibition were extraordinary, I received countless correspondences from people touched by the work.
"This work is beautiful, spare, delicate, thorough & stylish;
it has an emotional kick that has left me rattled for the last two weeks" Folake Shoga
Media coverage included local press, HTV & a double page feature by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian
with thanks to Prema:
Mark Crowe, Nic Dadswell,
Joanna Montgomery, Gordon Scott,
Marijatta Bryan for her inspired writing and archive of memories
Mac Dunlop, my sons - Tiriel, Jiva & Sam,
Eddie Chambers, Andrew Dewdney, Colin Evans,
Phil Goodall, Jools Green, Sophie Howard, Martin Lister,
Steve Moles, Anthea Nicholson, Folake Shoga, Gilly Rogers.
The exhibition ?return? & the catalogue ?afterimages?
were supported by:
The J.A. Clark Charitable Trust
the Langtree Trust, Rolls Royce plc.
& The Haffendon Moulding Co. Ltd