This work was created while I was pregnant with my first child. I was rather overwhelmed with my swelling body and consumed with its new role as a site of production for new life. It was at this time that I began to examine and question my dual roles as artist and mother, the creation that is inherent to both, and the cultural assumptions and biases of each. The title implies a rather idyllic state, The Land of Milk and Honey being a prosperous and rich place, in this instance created from nipples and tongues (cast from life) with their implied sensuality. The vessel is lined with beeswax, heightening the sensory impact of the work. It is a work more about the myths of motherhood and fecundity, than it is about its actual experience.
Milk and Honey, 1993. 36 x 31 x 25 cm, bronze vessel lined with beeswax. Collection Canada Council Art Bank
Annunciation, Offerings, Broken Promises `992– installation view Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan.
Offerings, 1992. Plaster, Xerox transfers, coloured pencil, gold leaf and wood.
Annunciation, 1992. Found Dressmakers forms, plaster, gold and silver leaf.