My new work comes directly from my experience as a mother – I have been deliberately looking at ways of mirroring the evolving and turbulent time as the teenage child and parent struggle to be together and be apart, and to establish and resolve their new identities. Focus on the female body, separation, connection, balance and dependance.
“Suspended and Stitched- Mother and Child” is a large piece, hanging with chains from a beam. The stone is split in two, drilled with holes and stitched back together, the wire like black, spidery sutures, pulling the two bits of stone back together, straining under the weight. The poured white rubber shape underneath reflects on spilt, leaking milk and connects strongly to the nipple flowers (cast in latex from my nipples) that grow out of the stone, towards the light. I want this piece to evoke tension and pain, but also optimism and a sense of life……
“From Stone, We Spread” is a large floor based piece of stone, mountain shaped, visibly bolted to the wall, the two bolts resembling nipples. “growing” out of the stone is a series of latex, vine- like protrusions with nipple flowers at the ends. Raw, and smelly, sheep wool, is stuffed down the gap between the stone and the wall.
Another piece has a small white rubber cast of a heart, nestling on a piece of stone, stitched onto hanging stone, the heart is engulfed with a swarm of wire, which echoes the wall based image next to it. Here, two “bodies” of barbed wire, stand surrounded by a raging battle of the brightly coloured stuff, which has partly exited the macabre and painful looking slits in the bark of a tree trunk. The whole image is a careful balance of reality and fiction.
I am looking at the connections between the physicality of our bodies and the landscape. This work is tactile and sensual. The nipples, cast in fine detail, bring the female body straight in to our field of vision. Exposed, proud, and beautiful , they identify with the material of the land. They grow, winding across the surface, upwards, outwards, towards the light. The barbed wire brings an element of conflict, restraint, and potential pain, the thinner wire and the delicate grass constructions can knit and pull together, heal, protect, create intricate skeletal structures and also allow linear drawing in space, adding detail and focus.