Tea Cup series
2006 - 2013
This series of 60 low-relief wall assemblages depicts a personal narrative representing life’s day to day issues regarding: domestic responsibilities, motherhood and home; financial survival; family ancestry, relationships and love; age and female identity; genealogy and heritage all underlined by a visual disability.
The 3-dimensional format conveys the tactile importance that begins to take precedence over the dependence on vision. Each tableau portrays a solitary moment, described by the lone teacup at the corner of a table. The teacup itself appears as a female object, my childhood tea drinking experiences being linked to the wisdom of family matriarchs (grandmothers and aunts). It is contemplative, and intimates conversation on a personal level.
The ritual also conjures up prophecy, divining or the sharing of confidences, which ultimately is what I am doing in revealing a personal ‘vignette’ in each tableau, that engages the viewer in a tangible ‘reading’ through the symbolic nature of each piece.