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2018 Annual Conference

Philadelphia

March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Elizabeth Freedman

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: West

Still, Mother

"Still Mother" is a series of still life compositions made from a collection of found objects that signify, confront, and articulate experiences with motherhood. These are the experiences that often influence generations, cyclically manifesting from mother to chid. The compositions take momentum from the age old art historical impulse to use object as allegory. Of particular weight to the compositions is the language borrowed from renaissance and early still-life painting practices, where many of the objects directly depicted or acted as symbols of respected religious figures such as the Virgin Mother. This is a tradition where objects act as moral cautionary tales, exploring how an object's physicality references both cycles of time and the desires of families throughout time.

Hair, cut

Constant Comment

Postmemory

Recipes

Still Mother, 1

Fictive Hand

Surveilled

Still Mother, 2

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