Helen Sargeant ©, Dust, Milk, Feet, Digital Collage, 22cm x 17 cm, January 2014
Helen Sargeant ©, Dust, milk, feet, Digital Collage, 22cm x 17 cm, January 2014

About Helen Sargeant

I am a visual artist, mother of two children aged 12 and 4, and co-founder of the MeWe arts collective. I intend to use this site to explore how my personal experiences as a mother informs my arts practice. To reflect upon the maternal in relationship to memory, loss, and mental health in particu…Read more

Website: http://helensargeant.co.uk

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2 Responses to “Dust, milk, feet”

  1. Frances Earnshaw

    A beautiful, reflective image. Makes me think of a mother. Grounded, yet on constantly shifting and changing ground. It is a difficult place to be. But you look so poised there.

  2. Helen Sargeant

    The feet are Naoise’s. He was standing in the shower and he had poured out some pink bubble bat, for fun, he calls this “wasting”. His feet and the pink of the bubble bath reminded me of having a period, of blood spilling from the body.I’m not sure about the image I have made here. I originally was going to post a scan of the dust from my front room floor from christmas 2012 together with the dust from my front room floor from 2013. I collect the dust. I have made some of the dust into bread see: http://www.helensargeant.co.uk/projects/dust-to-bread/
    I was being reflective thinking about milk, the end of breast feeding. Naoise starting school. The dust. The dust makes me think of primordial soup. The dust is all of our families skin and mess and detritus. It collects it forms a mass like felt. Dust and bodies. Dust is seen as waste. I was thinking of dust as being something special. The image is a bit grey, but then memories aren’t all bright colours are they and dust certainly is greyish. I love our dust from christmas 2012, its full of streamers and the odd bit of tinsel, remnants from the celebrations. Need to work on this some more to get some clarity of thought.


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