Danielle Hobbs’ [Alumni 1992] is having an exhibition at Trocadero Art Space, Footscray [Level 1 119 Hopkins Street Footscray]. Entitled SHIFT, the exhibition opens on Saturday 20th October and runs from Wednesday 17th of October, through to Saturday 3rd November.
The exhibition is an ongoing project that incorporates work from 2009 through 2012 including current work for Masters by Research candidature at RMIT.
SHIFT refers to the usually subtle, occasionally seismic movement that occurs when a woman becomes a mother; she is often physically unchanged, but psychologically transformed beyond her own recognition. And sometimes not in a good way.
The truth is that becoming a mother does not come naturally to all women. As an ongoing series of work SHIFT endeavours to describe the inconsistent and fluctuating experience of new motherhood through expressions of trauma, tentativeness, connectedness, shame and vulnerability. The work explores contradictions and complexities of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ motherhood, questions ‘maternal instinct’, considers the fluid spaces between fear of failure and the animalistic urge to protect, all of which is exacerbated by a diagnosis of Postnatal Depression.’