Noriko Nakamura, Lucy Foster & Kirby Casilli
Noriko Nakamura, Maternal Chaos, 2021, digital video, 7min. Image courtesy of the artist.
Mother's Milk will be a testament to and examination of the power of maternal structures— a rumination on notions of mother's milk.
Mother’s Milk can nourish, fill, leak, sustain, poison & run out. Mother's Milk speaks to care and softness but also to the struggles of love. What does it feel like to fully love another being? What sacrifices do we make to give and receive love? Care, like mothering, can manifest in many guises. There is no set way to mother and one can give maternal offerings without birthing. Some of us will never experience maternal love. Some of us will never be able to acknowledge how hard it was for our mother’s to show up and express love. Some of us will fail in giving love. One thing remains clear, there are always possibilities for alternative modes of nourishment.
Noriko Nakamura is a Japan-born and Castlemaine-based (VIC) artist. Her current practice explores notions of chaos in relation to the maternal experience. She explores the ways that chaos challenges and invites alternative understandings of socially constructed categorisations of corporeality and sexuality. Amongst several solo and group exhibitions, Nakamura’s work has been presented previously at Caves, Gertrude Contemporary, Sutton Projects, West Space, and TCB Art inc. Nakamura holds a Bachelor and Honours of Fine Arts from Victoria College of the Arts and is enrolled in a Master of Visual Arts at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Lucy Foster is a lens-based artist working across photography, video and installation. Her process engages with assemblage through the use of image archives, found items and text. Conceptually, Foster’s practice is driven by experiences of loss and considers the ways in which technologies shape our understanding of it. Foster graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography, 2016) and Honours (2018) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Naarm (Melbourne). She frequently exhibits her work locally and overseas in solo and group exhibitions.
Kirby Casilli is an Icon, @yousaiditalready an occupation. Living as a socio-spatial conductor by articulating energy through movement.
Brodie Kokkinos is an artist who uses performance as a means to create spatio-temporal situations within visual art spaces. Her work explores the relationship between presence and absence. Kokkinos’ has curated happenings throughout her practice that emerge as live art and performance events. She is interested in the relationship with the audience, and how they become active in the work.
Josephine Mead is a visual artist, curator & writer, residing on Wurundjeri woi-wurrung Country. She works through photography, sculpture, installation and writing to explore personal notions of support. She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, and has undertaken residency programs in rural Victoria, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey and Germany. She was an inaugural Room to Create studio artist at Collingwood Yards, is Chair of Artistic Directors for Blindside Gallery and co-founder of Co- Publishing (with Christine McFetridge).
This exhibition has been kindly supported by Yarra City Arts, Centre of Projection Art & Melbourne Gin Company.