In this new series, ‘Salt Shaker Bird, a story worth telling’, I explore the often tense relationship between parent and child, as well as the sometimes inequitable roles of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in the home. As the work slowly unveils itself I see conflicting opposites, awkward relationships, shame, sadness, loss, and a tension between the enviable movement of the natural items such as fabric, feathers, and thread, and lack of movement of the salt shaker bird ‘father figure’. In a fascinating plot twist, the Spotted Sandpiper character was introduced. By the end of this sketchbook I realize I have reached another beginning, rather than an end.
“I am an artist. I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a mother. I do a hell of a lot of washing, cleaning, cooking, renewing, supporting, and preserving.”
Mierle Ladermen Ukeles
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