Most Importantly, Love Your Mother

December 17, 2019 - 11:00 am

Most Importantly, Love Your Mother

by Claudia Pawlak

November 22, 2019 to January 17, 2020
Reception: November 22, 2019   5-7pm

Most Importantly, Love Your Mother is a photographic exploration negotiating the artist’s shifting relationship with her mother. Pawlak’s work is motivated by patriarchal norms that equate womanhood with motherhood in ways that limit our capacity to relate to our mothers as women independent of their children. This body of work pulls in and out of portraiture and still-life imagery– in the form of documents, photographs, and letters– in an effort to understand her mother’s identity outside of motherhood towards a more complex recognition of her subjectivity.

Claudia Pawlak, Love Your Roses, Love Your Pansies, But Most Importantly, Love Your Mother, inkjet print mounted on archival foamboard, 2019

Claudia Pawlak is a first-generation Polish Canadian photographer from Kingston, Ontario. She uses photography as a means of documenting process, with a focus on the intersection of personal narrative and pictorial imagery. Claudia holds a BFA in Photography studies from Ryerson University, and is currently working towards completing an M.A. in Arts Management and Leadership at Queen’s University.


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