The MAMA Project

Past Installations: Bowen Island, Victoria and Colwood, Gibsons, Burnaby B.C. and Port Townsend, WA.

MAMA installation: used bedsheets painted with rough images of expressive mothers of all ages are hung on clotheslines around the installation space. The voices of these mothers are broadcast in the room, and their words painted on linens between the portraits, discussing all sorts of mothering experiences and feelings. Viewers are welcome to touch the sheets and to experience at once the diversity and unity that is motherhood.

SuperMAMA performance: (Performed twice in full and three times as a solo presentation.) About an hour long -- the artist (Emily van Lidth de Jeude) performs a set of songs and poetry about mothering, while a group of mothers dances, paints, mimes, sings and makes music around her. The performance is backed by white bedsheets on a clothesline, where the real and emotional experiences of motherhood are played out as shadows, film, and movement across the cotton. More photos and details of the show are available there.

(photo by Lynda Rive)

MAMA Book available for purchase on Blurb:

MAMA by Emily van Lidth de Jeude