Jo Spence = MY HERO. I'm going to the library sometime this week (as long as the kids stay well, anyway) and seeing if I can't get some books. I did some Google searching and came up with a PDF of information on her from Studio Voltaire with 'further reading' at the end.
Also, really love Jen Davis' work. It *is* inspiring and I want to see it in person.
No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.
Reading about your project the Work of Elinor Carucci immediately came to mind. It is very up close and personal and reminds me of what you are about to embark on. Have a look at her personal work! http://www.elinorcarucci.com/closer.html