From the original story several items struck me:
- The constant memory of the horror of what Henrietta saw must have lived with her for the rest of her life.
- Visual scars – metaphorical scars – mental scars
- Susannah took in sewing to support her family.
- Another example of a life spiralled out of control. Emptiness – Loss – Despair
An event in life can cause many consequences.
Without support or help things spiral out of control.
I started to imagine the voice of Henrietta…
I saw her do it – I didn’t know what was happening – It was awful – I was so scared – I didn’t know what was happening – what happens now – where do I go – I can’t bear it – it was so sharp and so quick – she faltered – don’t make me go – I can’t live there – she doesn’t like us – she shouts – I never do anything right – I cry and cry – I can’t help myself – she’s sending me away – I don’t know where – I’m scared…………………….
I next started to think about creating stitched scars that somehow incorporated some stitched words.