This work marks the final stage of a project begun in 2008 and supported by the Create, Phase I - Artist in the Community Scheme. It was inspired by research conducted at Adapt Services Limerick, Clare Haven Ennis and Clare Women’s Network. In researching gender-based violence and asking, “What was the turning point for you?, I found that it was often a woman’s instinct to save her children that allowed her to escape harrowing circumstances. My decision to use the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone as a metaphorical device for these images, came from a need to find distance and preserve anonymity. While earlier images created during this research are more violent and hard-hitting, the works in ‘Turning Point’ explore the regenerative or redemptive potential of the mother-daughter relationship. My intention was to reintroduce the psychological complexity of an archetypal story as a means to navigate and transcend harsher aspects of contemporary experience. My work often combines elements of ‘tableaux vivant’ and ‘documentary’ photography. While I enjoy using the ‘constructed’ or ‘performative’, I am aware of the power of photography as a perceived language of ‘hard fact’. I enjoy working in the grey areas between, which to me is like memory, sometimes factual, at other times influenced by the mnemonic environments collectively owned through storytelling or myth. I am concerned with finding meaningful ways of engagement with real issues affecting the everyday lives of my subjects, while also touching upon deeper truths carried through collective visualizations, particularly within photography.