Red Cliff, Colorado:: Helen Hiebert Studio,, 2015.. Edition of 35. 10 x 6 x 2" box containing Mini Mother Tree components and Mapping Motherhood print. Mini Mother Tree: two tree interlocking stand pieces, dress of handmade abaca leather paper with embedded string, two crocheted strands with stones at each end. Mapping Motherhood print: archival digital print on hand-stained Tyvek®, which folds into a house shape with double-couched stenciled handmade paper covers. Box container: laser cut stained plywood fabricated by Platypus Papers. 50 Revolutions is a performance / discussion piece. The components are collapsed in a house shaped box. When the print is unfolded and the pieces for the tree assembled the result is a small dressed tree sitting on a circle of tree rings. Helen Hiebert: "I turned fifty in May of 2015. Leading up to this I started thinking about a work of art to capture the milestone. I turned to a work from about five years earlier that I created. Mother Tree, a large sculptural dress that turns into a tree, as pure white crocheted threads representing mother's milk cascade from the chest and turn into multi-colored roots as they hit the floor. These roots were crocheted and contributed by a community of five hundred. "50 Revolutions represents the fifty revolutions I've taken around the sun and my evolving thoughts on motherhood. Both projects stem from the bouts of isolation and inadequacy I feel as a mother, so again I reached out to my community seeking fifty words about mother/motherhood and realized how similar the journey is for all of us. The book includes a Mapping Motherhood print and a miniature Mother Tree. Each of the fifty rings in the print, like the rings in a tree, contains one of the words, hand written. These words are the topography of motherhood: survival, mystery, constant, awakening, home . A miniature Mother Tree sits in the middle of the print with two single strands of crocheted mother's milk representing this thread that has flowed through mothers since the beginning of time."
(Inventory #: 21977)
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