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

Emma Gregory: Feed Each Other (earthen ware) and Tower (mattress springs)

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 ‘The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace’, Gaston Bachelard, (Poetics of Space).

Emma Gregory: two platters from Host series (earthen ware) and Oven Glove Lump (mattress cover re-purposed)

I began working with Henny and Esmé in 2018, having invited them to join the Drawing as a Tool for CPD research project, which I ran at Drawing Projects UK (2018-2019). Subsequently we undertook two residencies at The Garage (2020 and 2021), conversing through making until the relationships between our practices became substantial and productive.

Emma Gregory: Tower (mattress springs)

The three of us have made homes and we each have an only child in early adulthood. This shared experience, our common ground, has clearly influenced the focus of this exhibition and my practice in particular is currently more autobiographic than it has been previously.

Emma Gregory: Mother and Child platter from Host series (earthen ware) and Handle on Things (earthen ware)

Safehouse 2 is one of the extraordinary London venues for exhibitions, theatre and film managed by Maverick Projects. The house’s 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 venue in its current state. 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 force what it might be prepared to put up with.

Emma Gregory: Bed Head (photograph) and Carapace of Plates (drawing on found printed material)

The first three photographs are by Martin Urmson – Bristol-based Photography for Artists.

All works depicted are my own.