Holding Time

The experience of motherhood has been described as situating women outside the boundaries of linear, modernist time resulting in potentially a loss of agency (being unable to fit into the working world, for example) and being constrained to a ‘nether-land’ or liminal time and space until ‘normal time’ is returned[1].



Holding Time is my most ambitious work to date, combining moving image, animation, still photography, still life and portraiture. Combining designs from Cosmatesque floors found in Byzantium Roman churches, I hope to create Time Maps for each mother that describe in geometry, the cyclical nature of a specific period of duration. Mothers are filmed and photographed along with their child. The still images will be animated and combined with still life photography of cast poured geometrical forms.

With the cooperation of breastfeeding mothers, studio technicians at City College Brighton and Hove, my glass making collaborator Mike Barrett and sociologist Lucila Newell, this project is a large collaboration.
 
This work aims to challenge the dominance of linear time through the use of older, pattern-based representations of time and the assertion of non-action (sitting still) as containing potentially radical agency. The work seeks to re-contextualise motherhood and breastfeeding in particular as an active, rather than passive activity, one aligning mother and child with an older, more universal time system.

The work has an accompanying participatory web project called The Parlour. The Parlour is a place for discussions around breastfeeding and will feature images from the project, along with interviews with the mothers and others. Watch this space for a launch in the early summer.

I will also be posting regular updates on my Facebook page and twitter account.
  • 29/06/2015
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    Holding Time - Update
    It has been such a privilege and a pleasure to witness these mothers, each at their own point on their journey of motherhood. Sometimes a mother is photographed once, sometimes more times, depending on the prevailing winds, technical issues, how we are both feeling and whether or not I can remember how to take a picture on that particular day.
  • For anyone who has spent time in hospitals as a patient, visitor or healthcare professional, it is clear that good art enhances not only the immediate environment but also contributes not only to patients mental well-being but also their recovery rates.
    29/03/2013
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    Art as Medicine
    For anyone who has spent time in hospitals as a patient, visitor or healthcare professional, it is clear that good art enhances not only the immediate environment but also contributes not only to patients mental well-being but also their recovery rates.
  • I have been selected as one of the artists in residence at City College, Brighton and Hove as part of the AA2A scheme, funded by The Arts Council of England. I plan to use my time to develop my Holding Project, photographing breastfeeding mothers and their infants...
    29/06/2015
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    Residency at City College
    I have been selected as one of the artists in residence at City College, Brighton and Hove as part of the AA2A scheme, funded by The Arts Council of England. I plan to use my time to develop my Holding Project, photographing breastfeeding mothers and their infants...
  • While the world reeled from the dizzying implications of this event, a different kind of ‘reeling’ was taking place in editing rooms across the world. The numbered frames were cut, frozen and slowed for re-examination.
    29/03/2013
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    Bullet Time and Cyclical Time
    While the world reeled from the dizzying implications of this event, a different kind of ‘reeling’ was taking place in editing rooms across the world. The numbered frames were cut, frozen and slowed for re-examination.
  • Lack of Time. No Time. No time to stop. Time and our relationship to it, is central to our possession of ourselves
    29/03/2013
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    On Time and Ecology
    Lack of Time. No Time. No time to stop. Time and our relationship to it, is central to our possession of ourselves
  • A survey of writing on the subject of Photography and Time
    29/03/2013
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    Drawing Time: Notes on Time and Photography
    A survey of writing on the subject of Photography and Time
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