Helen Sargeant ©, Grinding your teeth, Digital Collage, 25 cm x 25 cm, January 2014
 Grinding your teeth, digital collage, 25 cm x 25 cm, January 2014, Helen Sargeant ©


Helen Sargeant ©, You move me, Digital Collage, January 2014
You move me, digital collage, 25 cm x 25 cm, January 2014, Helen Sargeant ©
Helen Sargeant ©, Stay Close To Me, Digital Collage, 25 cm x 25 cm, January 2014
Stay close to me, digital collage, 25 cm x 25 cm, January 2014, Helen Sargeant ©


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 “Me and them”

  1. Frances Earnshaw

    The strength in these drawings vies with the delicacy, the vulnerability. We are still with our vulnerabilities and sadnesses, our illnesses and our confusion, and yet we are pulled and tugged at by family. Every day we must give, even where we are emptied out. We have a hard job. Perhaps it is the same for any artist or writer, as for mothers. But the people who once lived in our bodies never quite let go, and we never quite let go. It is not always comfortable. The privilege of it is countered by all that giving and emptying out.

    The explorative drawings by your children, the anger of others swallowed by our bodies, it is all fascinating, Helen! Your art amazes me, as ever. It is so poised.

  2. Helen Sargeant

    Thanks Frances for your kind and supportive words. I have folders of the children’s drawings in the studio. Previously I have appropriated their marks as well as collaging their actual work within mine. I made a whole series of drawings using Sydneys maths working out sheets from primary school. I was interested in the relationship between time, fertility and mothering as well as the tasks of nurture that extend to helping children acquire knowledge….getting them to do their homework. I used to love helping him out with his timetables, not that I am any good at maths, I just liked ticking or crossing out his sums, playing teacher. Making marks beside his. These workings out became engulfed by the figure of a pregnant woman.

    Yesterday the children came to my studio to eat some fish and chips and then both did some drawing and painting. I loved watching the two children’s opposing ways of creating Naoise (aged 4) all free with his mark making, splashing, splashing, the sounds of the marks probably of equal importance. He was simply enjoying the media, having fun. Sydney (aged 12) was working on a small graphical drawing of Jimi Hendrix from an image on his phone. He made the drawing using biro, it was detailed, precise and it had to be accurate and in proportion.

    I am interested in how to incorporate their work into my own. Their small drawings to me are monumentally important, and they can reveal so much of what they are thinking and feeling. Drawing is like food. Feelings can be swallowed up, eaten, worked through by making marks.


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