By Lydia Maria Julien
About the pillowcases
My inspiration for the artwork is based on my own mother’s journey from island of St Vincent, West Indies to the UK. She travelled for sixteen days with other young girls on a boat. This time was spent oscillating between conscious verbalized expectations, aspirations of what would be once landed, to snapshots of the unconscious. The boat she was on docked in Southampton on Christmas Eve 1964. Her stories and recollections are documented in the photographs and prose. The photographs are an update of traditional carte-de-viste, which originated in the 19th century. These small photographs heralded an era of making portraits more accessible to the masses. Remaking this carte-de-viste by re-imagining my mother’s journey and her dreams, sewing them onto the pillowcases locates them in terms of traditions, travelling and a human presence.
About Lydia Maria Julien
Lydia Maria Julien is a practising artist who has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows for over ten years. She is currently studying for a MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, London. Her art practice is largely autobiographical. Lydia habitually works in sequences or series to create a narrative and rhythm. Silhouettes and shadows feature strongly, light and darkness to create new emerging forms signalling ‘hooks’ of narratives. She uses raw chemicals to print all black & white images herself. These operate within the historical tradition of photography, and can reveal the past, present and future all at the same time.