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The Bristol 2 Litre Engine, 2014

In 2009 I was widowed through suicide and my world fell apart. During the difficult years that followed, I had to be both mother and father to my young sons, taking on many new roles that were previously performed by my late husband. Whilst this was incredibly difficult, I learnt to live through my art and many of my traumas inspired my work.

The work is both masculine and feminine; a car engine made from stitch. It is obsessive in its detail. The drawing took over 350 hours to complete and in the final stage, it was pinned on to loft boards and washed with water to remove the soluble backing ensuring all control was lost as the threads found their own place.