Family Ties Network Research Seminar
28th June 2013 (2-5pm)
Eti Wade is a visual conceptual artist identifying as ‘Mother/Artist’. Her practice concerns invisible aspects of the maternal in contemporary art and culture with a particular focus on the visual articulation of hidden aspects of maternal experience i.e. maternal ambivalence, post-natal depression, difficulty in attachment etc.
Eti’s work often involves her children’s bodies although she insists that the works should not be read as collaborations. She states that the children are co-opted as props or elements enabling her to express aspects of maternal subjectivity. This strategy is fundamental in occupying a ‘mother/artist’ position, which counteracts the invisibility of the maternal subject versus the child in Psychoanalytic dogma. Eti showed and discussed works produced in the past decade, including Kisses, The 2.4 Project, Jocasta, Bathwomb and Goodnight Boys.
Sally Waterman employs literary adaptation as a mechanism for self-portraiture, creating photographic and video works that explore memory, place and familial relationships. For this event she presented recent work from her Translucence series. Serving as a reflection on the fragility of life, this project investigates her experience of loss, in particular, that of her grandmother, who passed away nearly twenty years ago.
The final collection of videos, February, Against and Wisdom, interpret three instrumental tracks from Donna McKevitt’s musical score, ‘Translucence’ (Warner Classics, 1998), which were inspired by the writing’s of artist and film director, Derek Jarman.
The accompanying series of image/text photographs elaborate upon the theme, extracting carefully chosen lines from Jarman’s books, Chroma (1994) and Smiling in Slow Motion (2000), together with literary quotations sourced from works by Kate Chopin, Emily Dickinson, T.S Eliot, Sylvia Plath and Christina Rossetti.