Nottingham-based artist Tracey Kershaw collects stories about mothers and maternal relationships and she’s been doing so for years. At the beginning, these stories were exhibited on pieces of paper or fragments of fabric. In her exploration for a more permanent way to honour these valuable memories and expressions, she eventually found a natural home for them in which to rest — inside her Mother Bowls.
The symbolic reference to the maternal body is forever imbued in a bowl’s womb-like shape. Handmade from concrete — a material that is both strong and fragile at the same time — Tracey’s Mother Bowls become receptacles of healing, caring and protection, speaking quietly of prosaic domesticity while representing fertility and life.
Tracey Kershaw’s Mother Bowls are available through commission.