Group exhibition, 3 – 5 September 2021 at Safehouse 2, 137 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN

In truth we are all in a constant state of flux and there can emerge, in the home, a tension between the need to make a safe space and the need for freedom. In Safehouse 2 – a dilapidated Victorian house with its wooden framework exposed, Henny Burnett, Esmé Clutterbuck and I created a familiar yet slightly skewed environment and questioned the notion that ‘The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace’, Gaston Bachelard, (Poetics of Space).

I began working with Henny and Esmé in 2018, having invited them to join the Drawing as a Tool for CPD research project, which ran at Drawing Projects UK (2018-2019). Finding we could work together, we committed to two residencies at The Garage (2020 and 2021).

The three of us have made homes and we each have one child. Each of them is nearing adulthood. This is significant as this shared experience, our common ground, has clearly influenced the focus of this collaboration. My practice in particular is currently more autobiographic than it has been previously.

Safehouse 2 is one of the extraordinary London locations – venues for exhibitions, theatre and film – managed by Maverick Projects. Its timber skeleton framed our work from every angle and the peeling painted walls dictated what we were able to hang. The install included making four of the exhibits on site, responses to the feel of the house. In some ways, the process was akin to home-making and in others it was a totally fresh experience. I’ve never known a building ‘dictate’ with such a force what it might be prepared to put up with.

The first three photographs are by Martin Urmson – Bristol-based Photography for Artists. All works depicted are my own.