Delpha studied History at London University (1985) had 4 children and then returned to study painting in the Midlands (1997). Moving from painting to an interdisciplinary feminist practice her work dealt with mental health issues and motherhood. She completed her MA in Visual Performance at Dartington College (2003).
Making inter-disciplinary work using performance, live art, curation, installation and sound, she has shown work regularly around the UK and Europe since the late 1990s, with work commissioned for the Tate St Ives, Miss –Readings (2007), Double Void, Newlyn Art Gallery, (2001), Place Settings, Ca’Zanardi, Venice (2016), and most recently Double Burden with Desperate Artwives at the Leyden Gallery, London (2017).
Film work and performance based on the maternal body was shown around UK and Europe, including On the Margin (2004) and Life Sentences, (2013). New films made in lockdown 2020 link to Theatre of the Self, a performance and publication about re-writing our stories for good mental health.
Delpha’s paintings choreograph powerful female protagonists, mothers and children, situating them in new imaginary realms in order to challenge domestic legacies, and make them visible. Laughing at and exposing a common condition of inequality and contradiction aims to engender empathy and change.