anne russell
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mothers milk

oracle: mothers' milk

The Oracle series started as a contemplation of the idea of woman as vessel. Vessel, meaning a container, a conduit, a ship: all of its many meanings. I'm also interested in the female body and the female form as it is so often depicted, as an object, a static thing to be observed and judged. In each example in the Oracle series, the figures have open mouths where you would least expect them, and they are talking back to the viewer in no uncertain terms. To me, they are solemn, wise, earthy and vocal, speaking to us from the deepest places in the body and in the ground.

Mother's Milk recalls the deep experience of connection between mother and child, and the poignancy of nostalgia that we all feel at times for that lost embrace.

"...Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last, / To love as she had never loved before..."
- charlotte perkins gilman