Title: The Motherhood Equation
Medium: wool, cotton, graphite, ink on paper
Dimensions: 60 x 250 cm
In making an artwork regarding war my first thought was of the mothers on either side of the battle who watched as their sons went off to war and the equal force of their perspective. Naturally no mother wants their child to be killed; this is universal. However the strength and equality of this feeling does not bring peace because it is personal and therefore opposing. I have tried to express this idea by the home made gun covers, identical except for the emblem and direction they’re facing. They are purposely handstitched all the way around to suggest a sense of denial of what they are intended to be used for.
The woman depicted in the small drawing is Mother Teresa as a young woman. She was probably in her twenties, her child bearing years, when this photo was taken. She did not have children herself but saw herself as “belonging to the world”. She ministered to anyone in need, as a mother to a child, feeding and caring for the poor and destitute of Calcutta, India and elsewhere. She embodied the archetype of “Mother”. The composition of the whole work is intended to illustrate this, the vertical lines that descend from the edges of this small drawing invisibly cut through the horizontal line created by the guns. The angles of the handles suggest a letter M, the whole composition is almost literally a visual equation of an idea.
Jill was born in Western Australia. She attended the Gifted and Talented, Special Art Program at Applecross Senior High School. Jill started exhibiting in 1989. Jill entered Edith Cowan University in 1999 to study visual art. She is represented by Turner Galleries and continues to participate in many group projects.