Michael Cook’s Mother series is currently on exhibition at Tweed River Gallery, with thanks to the generous support of collectors Alan Conder and Alan Pigott.
Mother is a journey through thirteen images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape. The ‘mother’ is always alone, her baby absent, although evidence of a child remains in the empty pram, abandoned toys on the Hopscotch court, the slackness of the skipping rope. These images possess an arrested stillness that speaks to a recently bereft status. Seductive yet enigmatic, Cook’s vignettes construct a psychological mirror between personal experience and political power.