Portrait of Another Mother
2014, Photography by Christina Lovegrove Thoson
I created this series, Portrait of Another Mother, for the 2014 Toronto exhibition That's So Gay: On the Edge curated by Syrus Ware. The series was in honour of 2 mother families. I was a new mother and was craving to see images that expressed all the complexities of becoming a mother, of negotiating a new life practice that was much more domestic than I had ever been, of being a mother of a child that looked much whiter than me, of understanding my parents and the world around me in a different way. I desperately needed to see playful irreverant images that were complex, layered and tricky so I created them myself. The first image is called Mother and features my friend Christina Lovegrove Thomson and I in costume at my studio. I provided the art direction and Christina took the photos.
The second image is called Portrait of Another Mother: There is no Them. There is only Us. There is no Them, there is only Us is a thought I think often when I am out in the world. It is so easy to see differences amongst people, but the truth is we are much more similar than we are different. I apply this thought to non-human beings as well. I am often amazed by the dominant narrative that constantly exaggerates the difference between humans and other life forms. I use this thought to combat becoming judgemental and to remain curious and open when faced with situations rife with misunderstanding.
The third image in the series is called Portrait of Another Mother:Another Mother. Here we have a two-mother-warrior-super-hero-couple going glamour grocery shopping. This image is surreal and cheeky and playful. After giving birth I found myself constantly wondering how women did not rule the world as we are obviously so incredibly resilient and tough. I am working on it!