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Things (Be)come Apart
Working across photography, performance, textiles and installation, this research explores the expressions of mother/infant connections located in the material agency of infants’ cloth bibs through their structure, performative behaviours and absorbent qualities to create an index of attachment and detachment. The present/absent gestures held within the cloth and the unfolding metaphors and narratives of the bib as an evocative object, caught in the act of constructing its own biography, are re-narrated as an embodied form. The constant holding on and letting go in motherhood informs the rhythms of making and the interrogation of the object as a form of reciprocal interaction.