Yesterday was the first day in my new studio at studioname Leicester.
I started on a new project 7am-8am drawings in which I made paintings using watercolour inks as I listened to an audio recording taken in my home between the hours of 7am and 8am on a weekday. This time of day is often very stressful as a single mother I struggle to get my three children ready for school and for the day. There are often fights and arguments and cries of tiredness and refusal.
In my sketchbook you can see a colour key which indicates the colours as they represent family members.
After making this first drawing I realised that the painting references Kandinsky the painter of sound and vision. His understanding of synaesthesia has always resonated with my desire to visualise the phenomenal experience of the maternal. In daily life the voices of the children remain dominant in my memory as their physical presence are often experienced as a blur. A mother is always in action, constantly moving and merely catching glimpses of the children but their voices are strong and clear in her experience. The colours flowed into each other and bled as voices collided, forms would cut across each other as people interrupted one another. Shapes responded to pitch, volume and tone. I decided that the series I would make would be made on long thin horizontal sheets and exhibited alongside the audio recordings.