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Sophie Cero

MPhil work

Little Horror in the Maternal Unheimlich

The maternal experience of filial violence, in that it remains largely unutterable and unacknowledged, is the subject of this project. The home is the silent witness providing ‘objective’ descriptions of the violence and it is the uncanny expressing the mother’s changing perceptions of her everyday environment under siege. The home and the mother’s body are considered as maternal spaces, at times indistinguishable. 

Writing and artistic practices borrow the structure and tropes from the literary and cinematic horror genre (for instance, the haunted house and the double, both figures of the uncanny) in order to represent an experience that resists representation


  • Sophie Cullinan
  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2017–

  • Degrees

  • MA Fine Art, Middlesex University, 2016; BA (Hons) Textiles/Fashion (Embroidery), 1992
  • Experience

  • Artist in Residence at St. Barnabas Library for Spark Arts, Leicester (2019-2020);; Visiting lecturer Bath Spa University (2019); Liverpool Hope University (2018); Artist in Residence at C2C, Northampton (2018); Artists in Residence (SSoCial collaboration), ADUK Conference, 2013; Lead Artist (Journey Into Wonderland), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 2012; Lead Artist (Old Soles), Global Footprint, Northampton, 2012; GrowYourOwn*BlowYourOwn, ACE funded project, 2012; Lead Artist (Victoriana), National Trust, Canons Ashby, 2011; Lead Artist (Picasso Peace Garden), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 2010; The Enlightened Forest, ACE funded project, 2010; Producer/Director at Granada Television, Manchester, (1999-2001)
  • Exhibitions

  • TSLITSTMBI, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; W/hole County (collaboration with The Late Developers), Rooftop Gallery, Corby, 2019; Exceptional, Collyer Bristow, London, 2018; W/hole County (collaboration with The Late Developers), NN Project Space, Northampton, 2018; Biography in Cloth, Fringe Arts, Bath, 2018; Performing Parenthood, Digital Institute for Early Parenthood, online, 2017; A Heap of Language, Gasworks, London, 2016; Identifier, Middlesex University, London, 2016; Kitschen, Iklectic, London, 2016; Immeasurable, Blyth Gallery, London, 2015; A Home Store, Geddes Gallery, London, 2015; Relational Abjectives (solo show), Changing Spaces, Cambridge, 2014; Gnarlfest (performance festival), Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 2014; Spare Parts Festival (SSoCiaL collaboration), Leftcoast, Fleetwood, 2014; Public.Art, Fermynwoods, Thrapston, 2013; Tempting Failure (SSoCiaL collaboration) Bristol, 2013; Artefacts of Failure, Derby Quad, Derby, 2012; Worn, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 2011; Open 22, New Walk Gallery, Leicester, 2011; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, 2011; Wolf & Badger Live Art Residency, Selfridges, London, 2010
  • Conferences

  • How Do I Tell (performance installation), Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms, Middlesex University, July 2018; cicatrix macula (restituto)(performance + installation), Speaking Out, Embrace Leicester, 2014