Rineke Dijkstra – Julie (1994)

Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994 1994 Rineke Dijkstra born 1959 Purchased 1998 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P78097
Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994 1994 Rineke Dijkstra born 1959 Purchased 1998 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P78097

Julie (1994) is part of a small photographed portrait series by Rineke Dijkstra. This image was taken just one hour after the model had given birth. Inspired by witnessing a friend giving birth, Dijkstra decided to make these portraits of new mothers, in varied proximity (one hour, one day, one week).

London based photographer Jenny Lewis has also produced a post-childbirth portrait series called One Day Young, capturing mother and baby at home within the first 24 hours of their relationship. The images, taken over the span of five years in East London, present a rich and intimate view of maternal expressions which are otherwise experienced out of public view.

One Day Young by Jenny Lewis , 2015, Hoxton Mini Press, available to buy here.

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Kiki Smith – Banshee Pearls (1991)

Banshee Pearls by Kiki Smith, 1991.
Banshee Pearls by Kiki Smith, 1991. Lithograph with aluminium additions on twelve sheets of handmade Japanese paper.

Prints mimic what we are as humans: we are all the same and yet every one is different. I think there’s a spiritual power in repetition, a devotional quality, like saying rosaries.

Your inheritance as an artist is from the whole world.

– Kiki Smith, Making Metaphors of Art and Bodies by Kimmelman M, New York Times, 1996.

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