Trilby’s studio is a soft and welcoming space, created with careful attention to her desire to facilitate art-as-meaning-making. The four of us, participants for her “body mapping” process, were slightly nervous – well, at least some of my unspoken anxieties were: would we make what was inside of us, would what came to the fore be difficult to handle? Trilby was clear and organised, setting out the task and the question we needed to be reflecting on during the art-making, and immediately turning our attention to a demonstration of some of the techniques of the art materials we might want to work with, which was great because it launched us easily into what was possible, orientated us to the work.
We worked in a kind of shared wordlessness, with a great soundtrack creating ebbs and flows of changing emotion, prompting what I was connecting to. I found the combination of “headiness” and spontaneous art making completely absorbing, Trilby murmuring a word to one or other of us, a prompt here, a technique or encouragement there, knowing her materials and how they might be used for the marks that we desired to make.
I loved how she handled sharing. No pressure, recognising how much insight comes later. Encouraged to write about what we created. Going back to the work later, I am amazed at how my body map sits dearly in my heart. I love it. It is like a diary entry or a letter posted to oneself, that is full of hints and glimpses, a thing that speaks differently each time you open it – Geordie