This exhibition is a multi-dimensional ceramic sculptural show delving into women’s minds and bodies.
The concept for this body of work began many years ago when the artist’s daughter went through an eating disorder – anorexia nervosa.
It has morphed into an exhibition exploring how women can be challenged through difficult times and come out stronger, physically, mentally and socially.
Showing in this exhibition were stories and poems written by Women who had been moved by life:
A Membrane Between Two World
a poem by Sarah Drummond
I have come to take your place, sister
At the high fire in the forest’s heart …
Anna Akhmatova, 1912.
If I could take your place, daughter,
to relieve you of the quickenings at midnight …
as you rise, put on the kettle and wake him from his slumber,
to ignore the 3am bustle of midwife and husband
and the sleepy, friend – some dogs as they stir.
And, when amniotic rushes to the bathroom tiles,
you look in the mirror and see your eyes changed from blue to bright green,
and you feel the veil between this world and another fall away.
Your drum-tight belly ripples like sheet lightning
and your cervix stirs deep within you.
You drink bittersweet lemon and honey tea,
and feel his warm hands on the small of your back,
you know that all your bones are parting ways,
and you think that you are actually going to die,
and finally, in the crisis, that it is just not going to fit!
If I could, daughter, I would take the pain away
but I can’t. It’s your turn now.
This is the way the world has always rolled.
And so, instead, I take the kitchen stove apart, scrub the oven, polish the stainless-steel sink and sweep the gum leaves from the doorway. I wash clothes, evict the spiders and flies and stock the fridge … and all the while I am heavy of breast and feel a strange, old ache in my womb.