Maternity, an exhibition by Malca Schotten
The Fairhurst Gallery 5th July - 9th August
Bedford Street, City centre, Norwich NR2 1AG
Mon - Fri 10-5pm Sat 10-2pm
Stew gallery Large Works 5th - 20th July
40 Fishergate, Norwich NR3 1SE
Mon - Sat 10-5pm
Maternity is an exhibition of large charcoal drawings, smaller studies and paintings; as yet unseen. Spread over two galleries, this large body of work is a record of Schotten’s third and last pregnancy; from the early weeks, right through to the week of labour and beyond into motherhood. The work marks the beginning of Schotten’s large scale pastel and charcoal drawings; now her trade mark.
“I was pretty upset when I discovered I was pregnant. It was a point in my life when my work was going well, and although I had always planned to have three children, I had settled on the idea that two children was a good and easy number. I went into my studio and the obvious way forward struck me; I would draw my pregnancy and make it the sole focus of my work for the 9 months of my pregnancy. I would take my children to playgroup, then race home, take my clothes off and draw for two hours in front of a large mirror until it was time to collect them.”
The drawings record, the growing maternal body over 9 months, the journey of a mother and a twin, in the maternal state with two young children. Later works in the exhibition also record the complete yet failing family unit.
Schotten’s Maternity work is inspired by African Art, and Picasso’s inspiration from it. This seeming like a natural way to express the roundness of form that is enhanced in the maternal state with round stomach and round enlarged breasts, etc.
For information contact:
Malca Schotten m: 07920097796 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.malcaschotten.net
Fairhurst Gallery 01603 614214 or Marcus at Stew on 07917727594