Helen, on celebrity season;
'I’m interested in erotic dreams, particularly their interaction with celebrity culture: that uncanny feeling upon waking that you’ve internalised a fantasy of intimacy with someone you do not actually know. I’m interested, too, in the way the unsettling power dynamics inherent in heterosexual desire reveal themselves in the figures that appear in my subconscious. Annie Clark—perhaps obviously—sits apart from the other three figures in the series. The fantasy there is a more lucid one: a desire for an engagement with a female sexuality that is powerful, clever, funny, and moving. Clark, as her alter-ego St. Vincent, doesn't deny the existence of vulnerability, but presents and interrogates it on her own terms. To me, she represents a way to escape objectification without eschewing my own desire; something the other three poems struggle to find.'
MINERVA / Series IV : Figurations