The last time I spoke to Sarah Maple, her boyfriend was helping her into an adult-sized fetish nappy. This time round, the boyfriend is now her husband and, I discover, he was recently filmed slapping her round the face.
This was for a video in which Maple talks to the camera about her work, then breaks down in tears as she is continually beaten. “It was really weird,” says the artist, as we chat over coffee about You Could Have Done This, a new book of her work. “I’m actually quite reserved, even though my work is very personal. I was trying so hard not to cry, but all this frustration about politics and feminism was rising up inside me.”