Collaboration with poetess Diane Simei

Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2017

Window installation commissioned by Surface Gallery for "Draw the line".
Tracing paper cut out and collage, felt tip pen.
A collaboration with poetess Diane Simei. 

Whose revolution is this anyway?



My liberation was not built

As a play pen

For your dreams

Don't give you access to my pleasures

Ad hoc and duty free

Do not think my heart and mind

Are not important, secondary

No, remember this sweet nothing

My liberation's not for thee


I wear my heart and my sex

Draped upon my sleeve

Yet some of yall seem to think

That i am brash and too feisty

Until you want it for yourself

In whatever ways you feel

Touch it feel it hold it own it

But only momentarily

Cos deep down

Where truth resides

I think that what this really means



Is that I am but a dolly

With a button and a key

No, remember this sweet nothing

My liberation ain't for thee


Wanna fetishize my freedoms

Lick the flesh of fantasy


Eroticise - the vessel

That you see

You see that lioness, sat regal

Yet without the claws n teeth

You see that goddess, in me able

Yet compliant with your needs

But you failed to see the woman


To respect me

Didn't bother reading the book love

Don't get to watch it on TV

No, my liberation was not built sweet love

For he or thee....

Diane Simei






I am open

I am feeling

I am breathing

Though the air surrounding's

Feeling thin.


Pushing harder

Exhaling smaller

Aching weak now

Fighting context, smashing ceilings

To fit in.


To these boundaries

These contraptions

Of constriction

Made as they are from paraffin


I inhale all

Give from my soul

These arbitrary constructs


Diane Simei

Slippery when wet

Sombre thoughts beneath me

Lapping gently as i swim

Igniting memories of velvet

Pushed deep beyond within

Persistent aches

Engulf resolve

Rhythm of night time sways

Yonic caress

Warmth rising up

Heat emanates from skin

Ecstasy, sweet symphony

Nascent as life unfolds

Waxing upon the moonlight

Entranced by

Tides of old...

Diane Simei

Installation, overall view composition

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