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A Conflict of Interests

 

A Conflict of Interests, 2016. 

( neon, wire, flasher unit, transformers, perspex, 113 x 34 x 8 cm) Edition of 3.

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‘A Conflict of Interests’ is a visual exploration of the ongoing identity struggles I’ve faced since the birth of my child. The constant flashing of several words within the word ‘mother’ is a reflection of the simultaneous identities we have as mothers, women, lovers, artists, daughters, and the fact that these identities are both connected and conflicted.
The act of childbirth and the role of women as mothers is something that has been simultaneously revered and ignored. I wanted this piece to speak from the subjective viewpoint of a mother myself, and to act as both a symbol of strength and admiration as well as a nod to these inner identity conflicts we all experience.

The tangle of wires that hang from the neon letters and are connected to the flasher unit and transformers, act as a reference to the messiness of childbirth; the umbilical chord and these physical an emotional links between mother and child.

 

Edition 1/3 is now held in the Birth Rites Collection; a permanent collection of artwork which deals with issues surrounding childbirth. The collection is housed within the Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London.