‘I am fine’. (A3 digital mixed media)
The idea is to represent a framed picture that would hang in a gallery, ‘exhibiting’ the lived experience of a family in lockdown negotiating between a child in care many miles away and the care providers. I am the mother of ‘LG’ who grew up in Yorkshire until going into care and is now back in the county.
I made it because I had been lying awake fretting yet again and this way to present our lives came to me as I was trying to clear my mind. It is deliberately a mishmash because that is life – but the message I wanted to convey is PLEASE LISTEN … to parents … to young people themselves, and to show how much it can hurt when some really don’t get it.
Ultimately, it also hides the message that sometimes we need to sit still with a situation and most often it will be ok – something I am very poor at doing because the trauma that we have all faced leaves us on edge. Important: there was also some incredible support at this time, but that is for another piece 😊.
Alice Stoakley, 2021.