Here There and Everywhere:
Anticipating the Art for the Future
People: Part II Family
Photo: Ann Coddington Photo: Ilgar Veryer
About their work, the artists write, “To look after, to care for, to
protect, to tend, to nurture, to soothe, to heal, to teach. In our
project, the intimacy, attachment and routine of motherhood was
investigated [in order] to develop a collaborative grouping of artwork,
similar to a cerebral collage by three artists from different cultural
backgrounds. The progress and development of the project focused
on creating an artwork based on our own experiences of ‘mother.’ The
process of art-making was not a traditional one; and it was not limited to
our customary studio practice. We influenced each other’s work to form
a new level of understanding, a new art piece. The core of this project
was based on sharing written, visual and pictoral materials from our
own experiences. The first phase of the project was based on dialogue.
For the second, we created pieces by making use of this borrowed
material (physical or spiritual). Finally, we shared images of our worksin-
progress and responded to aspects within each other’s work.
“Working collaboratively allowed us to [find] a common instant between
cultures via art—a mother, a source, a net, a life giver, a connection.
We dwelt on this theme…[for] rejuvenation and transformation in the
turbulent atmosphere of the early 21st century. The relation of a mother
and a child—a mother to the universe—is like a bridge, a ladder, a stitch.
While we independently created works on a common concept, we also collaborated on work by producing small-scale pieces, sent through the
mail, that came together like a flock of migrating birds to make the final
artwork. The thirty-some pieces in our artwork will differ in composition
each time they are installed…This flexible yet harmonic gathering may
be metaphoric of the nuances that come with a shifting vision or a
change of culture. However, like our shared roots, the ingredients of
bonding are parallel.”