The ups and downs of motherhood

What a luck to witness the appearance of new roots; those of my son who took his space without a doubt from either side, mine or his. The ups and downs of motherhood, a series of works I made in 2010, was a stream of thoughts on this blissful and at the same time devastating (physically and intellectually) experience. The works are based on the simplicity of the drawing which carries roughness and clarity, an everyday life filtered through the reverie of a mother. Five of them are big canvasses of 200×140 cm: “asleep” shows the subtle touching as we rest, “kounia-bella” shows the mother swinging the child after the bath on a tune of her own childhood, “the other child” catches the mother in trance about other spirits that could have been her children, “together we walk” shows the weight of responsibility of motherhood and “escape” is dedicated to all the mothers who have to carry their child on their back and run (away). The other works, of smaller format either in b/w or in red colour, are made on paper: “connected” is an image of shared breath, “in rage” is a moment of lost balance for both mother and child. “One look” shows the happiness that comes with conscious sharing and “rolling into life” is the image of trust from child to mother and back. Trust as an accomplished word is what always strikes me when I look at these works; the meaning of the word comes back clear just like when my son, Mickey, lets himself fall into my arms from the steps of the staircase, knowing that I will never fail to catch him.

P.S. 1 The series can be seen here

P.S. 2 The work “connect” was exhibited at the on-line show Mama: Motherhood around the world, organised by the International Museum of Women

the other child, 200x140cm, 2010
the other child, by S.Kapnissi, 200x140cm, 2010

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