Spoilt milk : photography, recollection and constructing the maternal
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- It is the intention of this DCA to convey an understanding of the maternal representations articulated by my photographic practice from 2001 to 2006. The exhibitions are representations of the social and emotional range of the mothering relationship and the mother as subject. I examine my innovation of the formal language of casein, which materially represented maternal ambivalence, mothering's incongruities and immutable expectations, positioning my work within the discipline of photography and investigating photographs from the inception of photography to current practice. The structure of the DCA combines my photographic practice with this written analytical reflection on that practice and the contribution I have made to the formal and conceptual language of photography. This exegesis examines photography as an art practice, a medium for viewing and a private means to record memories in family life. My methodologies of experimental practice and theoretical research alternately respond to and inspire each other, and ultimately converge to produce this cross-disciplinary study.
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