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the artist's first school notebook from 1995/red is her mother's hand writing, blue is her own writting

 

The word “mama” is not used to denote a single person, its meaning derives from the existence of two people: a mother and a child. Even if one of them is permanently missing, the “mama” dynamic can never be erased due to the necessity of a progenitor for our existence. This genetic necessity also makes the mother figure fundamentally irreplaceable and, in this sense, omnipresent.


To examine this, I made pairs of objects, tools that can cut and hurt, toys that cannot be played with, combs that insufficiently comb, knives that are too complicated for a child to use. The functional failure of the objects for a child demands the presence of an additional figure to make them safe or usable. The starting point of the work was my notebook from 1995 where I wrote my first word, MAMA, my first exercise of using language to create an abstract representation of a real figure. The detail of this handwriting is visible in some of the objects as a visual inference of the figure required to navigate them.

 “Mama” series has an elusive silver lining. As the subject was a very personal issue I needed to increase the gap between the concept and the finite object. The saws, the knifes and the massive stones are freely associated with danger, pain, crushing weight not to a fuzzy and maternal warmth. In order to connect the feelings of pain and danger to the maternal sensation, a person must be wiling to go on a journey and unfold one by one the complex and mixed layers of a mother – child relationship, it’s dependencies that continue throughout a life time.

4 knifes that were used by the artist's mother to prepare food for her as a child/the blade tips add up spelling the word "mama"

4 knifes that were used by the artist's mother to prepare food for her as a child/the blade tips add up spelling the word "mama"

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combs with unequal teeth in order to spell the word "mama"/cherry wood, the artist's hair, wooden box/23x 5cm

combs with unequal teeth in order to spell the word "mama"/cherry wood, the artist's hair, wooden box/23x 5cm

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4 stone cubes sculpted from the same stone as funeral statues/43x43x43 cm

4 stone cubes sculpted from the same stone as funeral statues/43x43x43 cm

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saws/the edges are cut after the contour of the artist's hand writing ( repeating the word "mama" )/12 pieces/cherry wood/each 230 cm x 30-48 cm

saws/the edges are cut after the contour of the artist's hand writing ( repeating the word "mama" )/12 pieces/cherry wood/each 230 cm x 30-48 cm

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crack in the floor spelling "mama"/site specific/37cm x 7cm

crack in the floor spelling "mama"/site specific/37cm x 7cm