Smother - Tiffany Parbs

Viktoria Laux | 1-Oct-2018
smother - Tiffany Parbs a solo exhibition showing at Craft Victoria 6 October - 17 November 2018. Opening event: Thursday 11 October 2018 RSVP: Conceptual jeweller Tiffany Parbs examines the controversy between the reality of motherhood and the unachievable Perfect Mother' ideology created by the media and advertising industry.
Venue: Craft
Address: Watson Place, off Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Date: 11-Oct-18
Time: 6-8pm
Ticket: Free
Call: 03 9650 7775
Image: Tiffany Parbs, "nullify", 2015. 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclée print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm. Photo: Tobias Titz
smother forms part of a larger body of research by Tiffany Parbs, examining contrary frameworks used to depict women in the media, their psychological impact on individuals and pervasive influence on socialisation of attitudes towards women in the wider populace.

With this instalment, Tiffany uses jewellery to reframe the prevailing good/bad mother dichotomy, with particular emphasis on the gap between visceral realities of motherhood and the gamut of unrealistic expectations placed on women from Ideal Mother' myths pervading through Western advertising that promote happiness through procreation, autonomic nurturing perfection and unattainable standards.

smother offers an alternative reference point - one that revels and reveres in mundanity and demonstrates a heightened awareness of ongoing psychological and physical states of mothering, the involved labour and loading of parenting.

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