MELANIE JORDAN 

A haptic practice with thread-based crafts at its core, my current artwork pays attention to the inner tension between the need to nurture and a feeling of entrapment associated with motherhood. At the interface between the caring motherly impulses and the relentless tedium, there exists a tension: that is maternal ambivalence. My personal perspective is of a mother of an adult with learning difficulties, where the mother- child relationship becomes trapped in a dependant phase. Repetitive conversations form a considerable part of the interactions between myself and my adult son. Within these intense, repetitive exchanges are brief pauses in the flow of words that I relish. It is as if within these hiatuses there exists traces of myself.  I have been considering my own thoughts to fill these ‘slivers of silence’ and stitching them into ribbons of words.

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