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Mother and Child                

Work by: Mariona Barkus, Sukari Christian, Joyce Dallal, Janet T. Davids,
Satoe Fukushima, Ellen Giamportone, Susan Hamidi, Brenda Henriques,
Robert S. Hilton, Pam Huth, Gary M. Keith, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Joyce Kohl,
Peter Liashkov, Sandra Low, Gina M., Yvette Mangual, Lynne McDaniel,
Anita McLaughlin, Gretchen Potts, Nancy W. Romero, Marc Salazar,
Christine Saldana, Suzanne Siegel, Laura Stickney, Matthew Thomas,
Lyn M. Watanabe, Naima White

August 28 - September 21, 2017

Reception: Thursday, September 7,  7-9 p.m.

Artists' Talk: Tuesday, September 12 at 1 p.m.

                                                 

Perhaps there is no relationship more fundamental to human beings than that of mother and child.  Whether that relationship is the nurturing of the young by a biological parent or fostering by a grandparent, a sibling, a friend, or even a total stranger, this bond has great bearing on the well being of the individual throughout his/her life.  The Mother and Child exhibition at El Camino College Art Gallery presents work of 27 artists, each exploring the relationship of mother to child and/or child to mother.  Approaches to the subject within this group vary from examining personal relationship between mother and child, whether comforting or embattled, to worshipful images of a spiritual mother and child, to examining familial genealogy, to an exchange of images between one mother and daughter pair of artists.  

As one might expect, the artwork is often intense, as is the kinship between mother and child.  As curator of this exhibition I was fascinated to discover that while some of the artists in the exhibit had previously done work about their familial relationships, many had previously never explored this realm.  The more I poked around the artistic community, the more artists emerged, eager to develop imagery specific to the charged topic of “mother and child”.  

The range of media used to portray this crucial relationship varies widely within the exhibit from figurative painting in oil or acrylic, drawing, photography, ceramic with Xerox transfer, mixed media collage, drawings in ink, various forms of printmaking, digital work on paper, video, performance, concrete poetry, sculpture, puppetry, musical instruments and more.

Yvette Mangual; Madre #2; Ink on paper; 60" x 20"
Yvette Mangual; Madre #2;
Ink on paper; 60" x 20"

  Lynne McDaniel; Denial; 2015; Oil on canvas; 36" x 60" x 1.5"
  Lynne McDaniel; Denial; 2015; Oil on canvas; 36" x 60" x 1.5"

Gina M.; Comedy. Tragedy. Encore. (Final Act); 2016; High fired ceramic, mixed media, encaustic paint, string, wire; 22" x 16" x 16"
Gina M.; Comedy. Tragedy. Encore. (Final Act); 2016; High
fired ceramic, mixed media, encaustic paint, string, wire;
22" x 16" x 16"

Brenda Henriques; What I Found… Dreaming of My Mother as a Movie Star; 2017; Mixed media; 6' x 3'
Brenda Henriques; What I Found… Dreaming of My Mother
as a Movie Star;
2017; Mixed media; 6' x 3'

Gina M.; Growing Pains; 2016; Fired ceramic, underglaze, antique oil wash; 14" x 17" x 18"
Gina M.; Growing Pains; 2016; Fired ceramic, underglaze,
antique oil wash; 14" x 17" x 18"

Benda Henriques; Inside Out; 2017; Mixed media; 7'8" x 3'
Benda Henriques; Inside Out; 2017; Mixed media; 7'8" x 3'

Joyce Dallal and Naima White; Madonna Combine; 2017; Clay, encaustic, ol, & vinyl flooring on panel with video; 4'8" x 30" x 1"
Joyce Dallal and Naima White; Madonna Combine; 2017;
Clay, encaustic, ol, & vinyl flooring on panel with video;
4'8" x 30" x 1"

Peter Liashkov; Olga; 2017; Digital collage; 30" x 34"
Peter Liashkov; Olga; 2017; Digital collage; 30" x 34"

  Lynne McDaniel; Old Bones; 2017; Charcoal and pastel on paper; 38" x 70"
  Lynne McDaniel; Old Bones; 2017; Charcoal and pastel on paper; 38" x 70"

 

Last Published 8/25/17