There are lots of version of this Jewish joke in which a doctor informs the mum that her son suffers from the Oedipus complex and she answers, Oedipus Shmoedipus, as long as he loves his mother.


My youngest son is showing all the signs, I thought this is worth making a little piece about.  Having three sons, I’ve experienced the Oedipus complex before.  It’s where my body of work Jocasta originates from and I think it’s such a wonderful pleasure to be the centre of the world of a little boy.  I love it and enjoy it and I also know it will not last so, don’t mess with my Oedipus phase, let us enjoy it while it lasts.


Oedipus Shmoedipus

About Eti

I am an artist and academic teaching Photography at the University of West London.
My visual art practice is a personal investigation of the limits of maternal subjectivity expressed through photography and video and I also write about the maternal in contemporary art practice.
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2 Responses to “Oedipus Shmoedipus as long as he loves his mother”

  1. Helen Sargeant

    Eti, your post made me smile. The oedipus stage certainly is pleasurable.

    I have a stool in my studio, a sort of altar that is filled with all the gifts that my youngest son brings me when he comes out of school. I so love to see his face as he greets me at the end of the day with a present that he has made just for me, all on his own.

    On the stool there is a necklace made from coloured pasta threaded on a string. A rattle which is a plastic cup filled with rice covered in flesh pink stickers that makes me think of a urinal shape, a Marcel Duchamp readymade. A portfolio for keeping things safe in, which is made from the plastic insides of chocolate boxes.

  2. Frances Earnshaw

    I just love the Jewish joke! I think my sense of humour may be Jewish!


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