26 Jul - 20 Aug 2006
Artist Statement, 2006
This is a very personal body of work, expressing various experiences I’ve had within my first two years of motherhood.
In each photograph, the central female character hosts a classic painterly face and virtuous poses inspired by paintings from the early renaissance, through the 19thand 20thcentury. Even though centuries old, this classic female exterior of martyrdom and virtue is still commonly worn by women, I find especially in mothers as a means among other things to conceal imperfection.
My personality, working life, relationship with my husband and various feelings towards a new baby are all represented by the props and overall interaction within the photographs. There is a conflict between the props, settings and female exterior that is definitively representative of my experiences of motherhood.