Fragments

This piece is a made with digitally printed and hand stitched aida fabric that is traditionally used for cross stitch. The image is of the mass infant grave in Tuam, Co. Galway, a grossly inadequate memorial to the unnamed infants from the former Mother & Baby home. The words home sweet home are carefully stitched to match the colours of the background image. The stitches blend discreetly but the text becomes apparent when under a spotlight, a shadow cast by the words appears on the wall behind.

Cross stitch and the phrase Home Sweet Home, particularly when embroidered, is synonymous with domesticity and femininity, modesty and subservience. The shadow cast by these words aims to question the notion of upholding the appearance of respectability at all costs.