This work is dedicated to my mother Lily. The triptych of mixed media collages alludes to the development of agoraphobia that affected her later in her life. It references the American poet Emily Dickinson who my mother admired and who experienced a similar condition. The artist Joseph Cornell dedicated a collage to Emily Dickinson entitled ‘Towards the Blue Peninsula’ , and I have incorporated a typed verse from the poem into the central panel.
I took the photographs in the course of my work as a conservation architect in a historic building situated in the midst of London’s tailoring district. This has inspired the use of sewing into the paper as the shutters are closing in.
The panels are hinged, and each work is mounted on wood and box-framed with non-reflective glass. The total size is 39x93cm.