Caught by the River


19th March 2023

An audio-visual piece created for Mother’s Day by Claire Todd, in remembrance of the space left by absence. Claire writes:

A last conversation in the kitchen. A dressing gown kept, but never worn. A wish that we had driven north instead of south.

My mum died a couple of days following this last exchange. Vera, in Latin, means ‘true’ and T is the mathematical symbol of a value that is always true. A fitting title. She was all that T is.

For all the mothers that are lost or were never known. For the mothers who are no longer mothers and those who never became.

Piano, spoken word and film, written, performed and composed by Claire Todd.

Supported through the South of Scotland VACMA scheme funded by Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Live Borders. With thanks to Royal Papworth Hospital for the provision and permitted use of Mum’s medical scans that make up the imagery of this piece.


Claire Todd is a writer, artist and maker, who makes audiovisual art under the name claro correcto. Visit her website here.