Becomings

In "After", my previous project, I endeavoured to explore the immediate ramifications of abandonment on the young child. In "becomings", I'm seeking to trace my own disintegrated sense of identity between the ages of about five and my early 20s, an extended adolescence. Here, my son Tom and I play through my history of partially absorbed identities in a dialectic with his own solid sense of self, to explore the relationship between trauma and self-plasticity.

After

WHEN A MOTHER IS GONE
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Parenting Never Stops

SCOTT AND TIA
  • Carol Churcher has never met Sue and Steve Tuck. But what they say of losing a child is nearly identical: That parenting does not stop after your child dies.
  • Scott and Tia - their children - killed themselves after long struggles with mental health. Scott, who lived in Suffolk, was 44 and died in 2016. Tia, who lived in Cambridgeshire, was 21 and died in 2018. Both families have kept their children's remains - Carol had some of Scott's remains ground down and mixed with pigment for a tattoo on her arm.
  • Both families continue to grapple with their loss. And both families, in different ways, hope the world beyond can benefit from their terrible experiences.