a woman pulling a toy boat in the sea with a moody sky in the background
Film still from Like a ship righting itself, 2020 Shown at Exeter Phoenix 2021

Delpha’s practice has often used moving image to document performances or create multi-media time based installations. Work has previously been shown all round the UK and Europe.

Recent films echo themes from the performance and publishing project Theatre of the Self. They explore the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, suggesting that we can re-write our stories and move differently across the ‘page’ of experience in order to improve our mental well-being.

Like a Ship Righting Itself  (3.39 mins) made during lockdown in June 2020 was made as the first film of a series of microfilms about women and mental health. Each film starts with an idiom, a domestic object and a story or text. They are then ‘acted upon’ in a local landscape. They contain metaphors of survival and suggest that we can all be ‘makers of self ‘ through narrative re-structuring.

woman sweeping a rug in the middle of a barley field
Film still from Swept under the rug, 2020 Shown at Tremenheere Gallery, 2021

The second film Swept Under the Carpet, (3.5 mins) made in August 2020, features a writing and performance collaboration with Dr Marianne May and again follows themes of women, mental health and story telling.

Find out more about previous films by looking at Delpha’s archive

Watch  Life Sentences 

Look at more paintings that follow similar themes.