By Hilary Sleiman
About the pillowcases
Watford is situated on the boundary between metropolitan London and rural Hertfordshire. And is the traditional ‘jokey’ boundary for Southerners who do not travel ‘north of Watford.’ Looking into the past history of the British population in the nineteenth century, movement from the rural areas to Watford fuelled the need for labour in many local industries. Much of the rural population made their way to the ‘Big City’ but got no further than Watford where they lived out their ‘dreams’. For the two pillowcases one depicts traditional, rural, ideal scenery taken from an image of Cassiobury House, and the second, the reality of commuter life today. The London to Birmingham Railway arrived at Watford in the 1840s and the branch line to St Albans in 1858, when the station was re-named Watford Junction.
About Hilary Sleiman
Hilary Sleimans’ work is originally fibre based coming through textile training but has evolved to mixed media being very material based. Her practice is located within social and conceptual visual art. Most of the site specific work is informed by the particular history of a given site. She has an MA Visual Theories from EastLondonUniversity. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Mill Windows’ at Hebden Bridge Sculpture Traill; ‘PaperPlane’ at Easton Lodge, Essex; ‘Open Desk After School’ at RaggedSchoolMuseum, London; ‘Grounds for Design’ at MODA, MiddlesexUniversity.