Wishbones and Backbones 2015, fabric, embroidery thread, video projection.
My recent work explores the shifting re-interpretations of motherhood as subject matter in contemporary art. In particular, my work investigates the process of traversing mother/artist identities as a useful model to reinstate a creative space between motherhood and art practice. This premise involves re-orienting domestic rituals and personal narrative as innovative sites in installation art that blur private and public boundaries.
Wishbones & Backbones is a new body of work, in which everyday ritual and personal narrative from the mothering role are transformed with new meanings of female empowerment. These meanings are then transferred to sculptural objects that represent ‘relics’ of this process. The work subverts traditional expectations of the ‘good’ mother by exploring dichotomies and undercurrents experienced within the mothering role. Within this body of work, the dichotomies surrounding ‘lessons’ passed from mother to child are explored, where the lesson could be positive empowerment of the child, or the mother.