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.
|2016||Pattern and Form Opua Arts Studio and Gallery, Opua, Aotearoa | New Zealand.|
|2015-16||Calling All Dreamers Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu, Aotearoa | New Zealand.|
|2015||Te Tiriti | The Treaty - a bicultural conversation Kings Theatre Gallery, Kawakawa, Aotearoa | New Zealand.|