I have written many times about sculptors and the subject of ‘Mother and Child’ and often describe days with my boys here in these little entries, so I have got to the point where I am not sure if I repeating myself.
However, at the moment my husband is working on a large collection of Mother and Child pieces to get a body of work ready for proposing for exhibition and hopefully will be exhibited by the end of this year.
I thought it was timely to post this as it is ‘Mother’s Day’ this weekend here in the UK. Although I am always a bit sceptical of these commercial exploits. Honouring your mother is important each and every day. Having a mother and being a mother is one of those dual experiences which I am not sure what the words are for it. Although being a daughter and having sons is very different.
This the commentary about the pieces:
The concept of ‘Mother and Child’ has been used throughout the history of art since cavemen until today in modern times. Perhaps, one of the artists, who most used this theme, is Henry Moore. Whilst my husband was at University, Moore’s work was a focus as he expressed every single view or angle within this theme. Then in 1997 Loosing his mum to breast cancer and now having his own children has opened his imagination to look beyond the obvious concepts of ‘Mother and Child’.
In this particular collection, similar method have been used to his earlier work whilst at university and when I first met him, the method of simplifying the figure but still maintaining the emotional connection between the child and the mother for the viewer. The focus is not just on the emotion of love between mother and child like other artists express but also, the negativity, the pain, perhaps all of the experiences forgotten or suppressed once the child is between the arms.
As a male artist, he recognises that he hasn’t directly experienced ‘motherhood’ as his mother, or me his wife, or his sisters or friends have done but what they/we have gone through both emotionally and visually he felt he could express in a sculptural language. These ten pieces of ‘Mother and Child’ show there is a darker side to motherhood that perhaps the mother knows before she goes through it, or is not aware of it, or something forgotten or buried deep, not spoken of.
The colours are chosen to present the sculptures in a way which is still child friendly and visually appealing but particularly using the blue colour to describe the depression, overweighted, the sleepless nights the fear of losing the child, the back pain, the swollen feet, the pain of giving birth, breast cancer, over protection of the child above and beyond ones own comfort, the sacrifice, the struggles which go with motherhood. All of these ideas are expressed and presented with a colour – blue which can be found in each single sculpture.
The form still harps back to work of the 1930’s in form and shape but to reflect the modern the contemporary life we live in and the use of an industrial material that exists in our time.
The form and shape are still recognizable for the majority of the general public that is important so that all can make a connection beyond understanding of art or contemporary art in the 21 century. We all have a mother and motherhood is something that will continue for generations to come. Perhaps, as a reminder of the truth to children that they are still children, teenagers or even grown ups, that motherhood is one of the greatest and unrecognized and often underappreciated roles on earth. So use Mother’s Day to act as a reminder to appreciate, respect, honour and value all that your mother has done and does for you.
Thank you Mum, just doesn’t cover it x