Josephine's Mother

From the "Readings" series

by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2015

Photo print on aluminium by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2015
Photo print on aluminum. Some prints also are layered with paint and varnish. Edition of 36.
10 x 10 x 2 cm.

Photo print on aluminium by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2015
Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, known by its colloquial name "Whistler's Mother,"
oil on canvas, 1871, by James Whistler.
144.3 cm x 162.4 cm.

 Photo print on aluminium by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2015
Photo print on aluminum. Edition of 36.
10 x 10 x 2 cm.
$NZ 170 or € 130 plus postage/packaging.
Most prints are painted with layers
of wash and varnish. This one is 11/36.

The pose and composition of "Josephine's Mother" is similar to the 1871 painting "Whistler's Mother." In this case, Josephine is the child the young woman is carrying. The mother looks alert and details such as a watch and the wall plug indicate that hers is a contemporary world, although she wears clothing typical of a bygone age. She is the future: the next generation, carrying the next.

This is also the current daily attire of my daughter-in-law. In the Netherlands she is frowned at because it is assumed that she comes from a conservative background, while in New Zealand people tended to respond out of curiousity.
"Josephine's Mother" is a contemporary portrait of a young Dutch woman, whose outer appearance is read in strongly contrasting ways between New Zealand and in the Netherlands.

Shown

2016      Pattern and Form Opua Arts Studio and Gallery, Opua, Aotearoa | New Zealand.

2015-16Calling All Dreamers Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu, Aotearoa | New Zealand.

2015      Te Tiriti | The Treaty - a bicultural conversation Kings Theatre Gallery, Kawakawa, Aotearoa | New Zealand.

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