Girl Mad as Birds
270 x 437 cm, Embroidery, beading and acrylic paint appliqué on mixed material
'A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds
Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds'
from Love in the Asylum- Dylan Thomas
Inspired by the Welsh goddess Rhiannon from The Mabinogion, with her three magic birds, and her enchanted horse. Blodeuwedd the owl captures the man who cursed her. Referencing the old folk song 'Silver Dagger', alluding to the 'dagger' as the silver needle, stitching together a portrait of a face, as if through embroidering, the girl is able to see an image of herself unfold.