By the pricking of her thumbs
Anteros Arts Foundation
Fye Bridge Street, Norwich
In general the work is concerned with deceit, disguise and subversion. For many years my work has focused on imagery based on sea tales, the odyssey and legends of the siren.
I am fascinated by the image of Penelope waiting for the return of Odysseus and the Norse tale of Corry Wrecken which brings together the seductive qualities of hair, the sea and the purity of a maiden.
New work focuses on the romantic notion of a message in a bottle, the drunken sea dog, the rum swilling pirate, the british folk tradition of god-in-a-bottle, the reliquary and the taslismans used during the medieval witch hunts.
The location of the gallery, situated close to Fye Bridge and the ducking stool is the focus for a series of prints based on the image of the thumbs of suspected witches sewn into their skirts, to ensure they float!
The title of the exhibition makes reference to the tricks and trickery played on women and by women, the act of sewing and the thought of those stitched in and stitched up.