SMEAR 1&2 were performance-film collaborations with Helen Battelley made in 2005. They were short films shot at home featuring Helen and messy substances as a metaphor for women’s lives. Exploring how women are ‘smeared’, and ‘tarred with the same brush’ of language, invisibly and confinement.
I’ve been looking back – to look forward, or order to think about different ways of making domestic micro-films. How to go from one page to another was a project in development about working with other groups to explore narratives, domestic issues and mental health. Paring down the project during current social distancing, I am now rewriting storyboards for very simple films made in my home or in nearby the landscape. Watch this space!