We sometimes choose to whitewash the idea of motherhood and pretend as though only the positive aspects exist. In this work I seek to honour both the joyful and the difficult.
Freshly picked daisies, bubbles and balloons all symbolise that which can't last but bring so much joy in the present moment.
Milk teeth, babies breath and spilt milk, along with broken eggs are just some of the symbols to represent the experiences of early motherhood.
WHITE – the absence of all colour OR sum of all colour (contradictions of motherhood) – represents both birth and death, rites of passage and initiation.
Also whitewashing something to pretend it didn’t exist – as we do with the negative aspects of motherhood.
Time: Sand Timer, Candles, Dandelion Seeds, Bubbles
Stuffed Toy: ripped and being mended, childhood, maternal repair.
Needle & Thread – To find harmony or strike a balance between conflicting forces, and interests.
Needles – They sew, stitch, attach, mend, and create.
They are strong (some are even unbending) and in the right hands, they are a tool that can mend the tapestry of mind, emotion, body and life.
Balloon: letting go, childhood
Bubbles: time passing, childhood
Dandelion Seed Flowers: time passing, childhood, childhood offerings.
Eggs: Fertility and Creation. Source of Life. A universal symbol of promise and potential.
Broken egg shells – easily hurt/sensitive or broken eggs represent unfulfilled potential and disappointment.
Empty shells: have been used up to their potential. They have been transformed into delicious! Empty, used egg shells are symbols of transformation, and potential fulfilled.
They are a reminder to use all your resources to the best of your ability!
Challice with spilt milk: Challice symbol of the womb. Milk reminder of breastfeeding. The saying "There’s no point in crying over spilt milk.'
Baby’s Breath Flowers: everlasting love, new babies & innocence
Vase of Daisies: Childhood Offering
Candles: Time: one burnt down more than the other
Bread: Nourishment/spiritual nourishment
Cotton wool: wrapping them in cotton wool
Milk Teeth: – time passing, loss of innocence, development.
Paracetamol: Pain of motherhood
Queen Chess Piece: Toppled over (most powerful piece on the board, but fragile and knocked off her game)
White birthday cake with candles – celebration and passing of time
Knife: betrayal, deception, martyrdom