Imagining mum: Exhibition a tribute to person behind the ‘mum’

MOTHERS are more than just cooks, cleaners, taxi drivers and a shoulder to cry on.

Through the lens: Artist Sharon Greenaway with her exhibition Imagining Mum at the Mildura Arts Centre. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Through the lens: Artist Sharon Greenaway with her exhibition Imagining Mum at the Mildura Arts Centre. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Photographer Sharon Greenaway conveys this message in her upcoming exhibition at the Mildura Arts Centre entitled Imagining Mum.

Ms Greenaway, who is in Mildura to prepare for the show, said it began as a homage to her mother who passed away in 1988, but it is now a tribute to all mums.

“I still miss my mother, even though it’s been a long, long time, so it started off as a cathartic tribute or reference to her,” she said.

The exhibition features a range of artworks influenced by Ms Greenaway’s mother including her clothing and personal belongings.

One piece, Young Woman, was inspired by an old photo of her mother wearing a bridesmaid’s dress. Ms Greenaway said she had loved the photo since she was a child.

“She’s all dressed up, smiling and ready to go to this wedding and I just would have loved to have known what she was feeling,” she said.

“I wanted to recreate the movement and beauty of her life at the time.

“The pieces all took a long time to produce, they’ve all got different memories and feelings towards them.”

The artworks were created using the “painstaking” technique, painting with light. 

“What that is, is if you imagine a light source as being a paint brush and you paint the item that you’re photographing with that light source,” Ms Greenaway said.

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