Helen has always used photography as a means of documenting and developing her ideas for textile work but this series brings this aspect of her work to the fore in its own right.
The photographs and photographic collages of Marginalia are inspired by the fragile and transitional coastal margins of England's east coast, including the eerie landscape of Bradwell. Traces of medieval, Saxon and more ancient human activity emerge from the mud at low tide and are re-submerged at every high tide. Lines are alternately traced and erased by the waters as tides rise and fall. Change; ambiguity; the idea of things being alternately buried, revealed and then concealed again are a continuing theme running through Helen's work.