Melanie Jordan has a textural, haptic practice with thread-based hand crafts at its core. Such slow repetitive activities allow for reflective thought, being absorbing almost to the point of monotony. It is as though the boredom is a precursor to creativity. The process of making is embedded in Melanie’s work, and for her is as important as the outcome.
Melanie’s artwork pays attention to maternal ambivalence; the tension between the need to nurture, and feelings of entrapment in motherhood. Her work is informed by her personal perspective of being a mother of an adult with a learning disability, where the mother-child relationship becomes stuck in a dependent phase. Despite caring very much for her adult child and wanting to support him through his journey to become a more independent adult, for such a mother there is an inner longing for a loosening of these maternal ties. A longing that is often accompanied by a sense of shame.
For Melanie the placenta is the root of the connection between a mother and child. This umbilical connection is physically severed at birth, but in truth this is really the beginning of the unpicking of the paradoxical tensions of motherhood. The process of stitching is equally contradictory, piecing through the fabric to create and repair. Melanie has been stitching soft umbilical scissors, that aptly sum up the ambivalence of wanting to nurture but being trapped by the ongoing demands of motherhood.
Considering this is something that just evolved when I couldn’t focus on beginning new work, I am so satisfied with how they turned out. I love them as tactile objects that reflect my thoughts.
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The Time of Her Life III
Community Stitching Project 2021-2022
Very proud to be at The Turner Contemporary in Margate to drop off our beautiful banner that has been shortlisted for their Portfolio Competition; in the community group category. It was created as a community project by The Coffee Project, with members of the community of Laddingford, and was hosted by their wonderful pub; The Chequers Inn.
PRENZLAUER STUDIO- WINDOW PROJECT
Placenta beautifully installed in the window of the Prenzlauer Studio in Berlin.
Crossing the Liminal 2021
ArtCan Artists Exhibition
Curated by Lucy Pickford
Hampstead Garden Gallery July 2021
look out for my little oak gall ink pieces.
Brewery Tap Residency 2021
Artist Lorrain Mailer, Ali Lees and I spent a week installing and making work in The Brewery Tap Folkestone in April.
An exhibition exploring our relationship with the moon.
The Turner Open Exhibition, 2021
Refresh Art Award 2021
Proud to be shortlisted for The Refresh Art Award. A real life show!
Cut the Umbilical
This piece is the first in a series of sculpted implements for severing the umbilical link between mother and dependent adult.
Supermarket Art Fair 2022
So proud to be taking part in this amazing event in Stockholm, Sweden with ArtCan.