Josephine's Mother XL

From the "Readings" series

by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2017

Photo print on aluminium by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2015
Photo print on dubond and acrylic and oil and varnish, 4/50.
20 x 20 x 2 cm.
This is a later larger version of the 2015, 10 x 10 cm edition.
This edition is limited to 50.

 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.

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 was also the daily attire of my daughter-in-law in the Netherlands where she found it was assumed that she also held conservative views because of her style of dress.


2018      The Poetic Condition NorthArt, Northcote, Aotearoa | New Zealand.

 Photo print on aluminium by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2017
Josephine's Mother XL, 2017,
20 x 20 x 2 cm, print,
acrylic and varnish on aluminium,
2/50. Private Collection, Auckland.

While each work is numbered as part of the edition, each is unique because of the layers of paint and varnish.

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