Loss
Acrylic on canvas

2020

Questions about "home" and identity are recurring themes in my work. Moving between homes and navigating life-changing events have shaped my path of inquiry. Becoming a mother added another layer of complexity as I have to consider the repercussions for my children. 

I held my mother’s hand while she was dying of cancer and breathed with her on her final breath. In that transformative moment both worlds of motherhood merged in me: the paced breathing of giving birth and final attempts for air before death. Mother and motherhood are concepts beyond a physical place and in this series of paintings I’m juxtaposing the two in relation to the idea of birth and death.

© 2016 by Avigail Manneberg