smother

absent (smother series) - a sleeping mask embroidered with the letters AWOL

absent 2018 cotton, giclee print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

brace (smother series) - a collar neck brace made from crayon with the word fragile

brace 2018, cast crayon, giclee print on aluminium, 75 x 165 x 165mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

fit (smother series) - a head band embroidered with the word fit

fit 2018, terry toweling, giclee print on aluminium, 60 x 230 x 15mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

vacant (smother series) - a face covered in fake green grass to hide and mask identity

vacant  2015, synthetic grass, giclee print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm, photography by Tobias Titz

structure (smother series) - children playing on structure, a life size wearable playground climbing frame made from stainless steel
structure (smother series) - children playing on structure, a life size wearable playground climbing frame made from stainless steel
structure (smother series) - children playing on structure, a life size wearable playground climbing frame made from stainless steel
structure (smother series) - children playing on structure, a life size wearable playground climbing frame made from stainless steel
purge (smother series) - a dripping hood made from plasticine, designed to look like a bucket of shit has been poured over the head

purge  2018 plasticine, plaster, giclee print on aluminium, 260 x 190 x 250mm object, 470 x 340 x12mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

gnash (smother series) - a smile extender made from false teeth and sterling silver

gnash 2018 porcelain teeth, sterling silver, enamel paint, giclee print on aluminium, 50 x 125 x 25mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

game (smother series) - a mask made from a soccer ball with sterling silver cut outs revealingthe eyes

game 2018 soccer ball, sterling silver, cotton, elastic, giclee print on aluminium, 215 x 215 x 135mm object, photography by Tobias Titz

nullify (smother series) - the eyes and mouth on a face concealed by gold plates to hide and mask identity

nullify 2015, 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclee print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm, photography by Tobias Titz

structure (smother series) - a life size wearable playground climbing frame made from stainless steel

structure 2018 stainless steel, giclee prints, 990 x 730 x 730mm object, series of 5 prints of the work in situ, varied print dimensions, photography by Tobias Titz, metalwork by Daniel Schutt of Von Schutt & Co

slope (smother series) - a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel

slope 2018 stainless steel, giclee prints, 1170 x 390 x 1560mm object, series of 13 prints of the work in situ, varied print dimensions, photography by Tobias Titz, metalwork by Daniel Schutt of Von Schutt & Co

slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
slope (smother series) - children playing on slope, a three quarter sized wearable playground slippery dip slide made from stainless steel
worn (smother series) - a necklace made from a Brentwood chair, feelin like part of the furniture

worn 2018, chair, brass, copper giclee print, 780 x 380 x 480mm object, 1000 x 670mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

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attached 2018, velcro, cotton, giclee print, objects assorted sizes, 1000 x 720mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

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hirsute 2015, human hair, net, cotton, giclee print, 970 x 340 x 12mm object, 1000 x 670mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

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baggage 2015, pvc, satin, foam, galvanized iron, giclee print, 550 x 470 x 170mm object, 1000 x 670mm print, photography by Tobias Titz

fodder (smother series) - a breast feeding piece, showin the solitude, quietness and difficult nature of breatfeeding

smother forms part of a larger body of research of the same title, seeking to investigate contrary frameworks used to depict women by the media; the psychological impact on individuals concerned and pervasive influences on socialisation and attitudes towards women in the wider populace.

Within this assertion, smother examines the gap between the visceral reality of motherhood and gamut of unrealistic expectations placed on mothers from external influences. The suggested title refers to smother’s starting point, the saturation of ‘Ideal Mother’ myths permeating western advertising  that promote nurturing perfection and unattainable standards.

this project has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund, City of Melbourne Arts Grant Program and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

fodder 2015, pvc, plastic, rubber, cotton, aluminIum rivets, digital print, 670 x 1000mm, photography by Tobias Titz