Some were escaping the notorious ‘Magdalen Asylums’, where women and young girls were incarcerated and laboured within the Laundries, often for decades, with no real legitimacy.
Emily Bronte shared her youth with the Young Queen Victoria, but while Victoria amassed her Imperial fortune, Emily had only a short time to live.
Archive documentary and contemporary photographic images of workers and mill interiors and is dedicated to local Irish women who worked in the mills and who were not much older than the young Queen Victoria when they emigrated from Mayo, Ireland.
Reflections of conflict by sixteen British and Irish artists
Fragments from opera; ‘Tristan and Isolde’ are used to form a narrative ‘running interference’ through the work as text.
It marks the artist’s preoccupation with issues of national and cultural identity and the ‘practice of analysis’ that informs her work.