My mother’s voice: animating the place of memory
Unfolding Narrative: from middles to beginnings to endless loops symposium
Friday 24 May 2013, Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth
My paper explores narrative in response to Maya Deren’s notion (1960) of the ‘continuous act of recognition’ - the dynamic underlayer of dreams and memories that is conjured each time we watch a film. In my presentation, I consider the maternal as the place of memory in relation to my animated film These Restless Hands (2012), currently being exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Depicting my mother’s hands repeatedly crocheting then unravelling a woollen scarf, the film is an audiovisual form of écriture féminine, a term used by Hélène Cixous and others to denote ‘feminine writing’, the transformative practices that come through the body.

Keywords: animation, Maya Deren, écriture féminine, film, maternal, memory, stitch, voice