CCLAP 2015: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle – Lynn Lu

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3 – 7 November 2015, Tuesday – Saturday
Deptford Lounge Foyer
This performance is repeated through the week, please refer to the Schedule for timings.

The thing that struck me most about having postnatal depression, was that I immediately understood that my baby’s wellbeing had priority over mine – from the perspective of those healthcare professionals who were looking after me. As a result, despite desperately wanting to be helped to get better, I held back revealing my most troubling thoughts and feelings. It is nothing short of a stroke of luck that things did not spiral out of control for me and my family.

Drawing deeply from her personal experience, Lynn has spent some time during the development process of CCLAP with Professor Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry and Head of the Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology Lab & Perinatal Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and his team at King’s College London. Their research has found a clear link between mothers with postnatal depression not adequately nurturing their children and these children in time becoming themselves mothers who suffer from postnatal depression.

In this project, Lynn references Oliver James’ idea of “Love Bombing” as a way to “reset children’s emotional thermostat” as an appropriate approach to metaphorically break this vicious cycle of depression and neglect, by making up for lost opportunities to be nurtured.

At Deptford Lounge, the artist will create a safe space, one that she would have liked to have had, as a mother with postnatal depression. This safe space is offered to all mothers, as well as for anyone who might need an experience of nurturing. Together the artist and participants will put in words their darkest thoughts and feelings that have not been voiced. The anonymous texts will then be sealed in palm-sized clay envelops, and fired for strength / privacy / resilience. These accumulating tablets will be exhibited throughout the week. Participants will be invited to be cocooned and rocked in a wide fabric hammock for as long as they wish – as if in the womb, or a rockabye baby.

This performance will take place at Deptford Lounge.
Full schedule for CCLAP 2015.


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