A Mothers Gaze (Artists Statement)
Physical practices, breathing exercises and relaxation practices may be an appropriate form of light physical activity to manage depressive symptoms (Kinser, 2015).
‘A Mothers Gaze’ aims to promote the positive benefits of practicing mindful yoga during and after pregnancy.
The juxtaposed black & white images share two intimate moments of time; a Mother’s gaze into the unknown, followed by her gaze into the now known.
Presented with a diptych of a Mother-to-be; and then Mother - both in the same powerful yoga stance - encourages the viewer to witness the emotions of apprehension and joy of parenthood; captured in the serene Art of Yoga.
Colour portraits also follow the mothers pre & post birth. Firstly, apprehension evident on facial expressions, quickly followed by expressions of happiness - sometimes relief. Here we also see a glimpse of the personality within: the child.
A survey by the NCT of 1,000 women who had recently given birth found half suffered from mental or emotional difficulties before and/or after birth.
This exhibition has been produced by Emilie and Gillian to highlight this striking, often unspoken statistic, and draw attention to the strength, vulnerability and joy of women at this pivotal moment in their lives.