January 13 - February 18, 2012 - Opening reception: Friday, January 13 | 7 PM - 10 PM
Morning Sun is an evolution in Benita Carr's work that explores the mother/child relationship and the meaning of self within the domestic social structure of home and family. Constructed as narrative tableaus, the photographs depict women and their children in scenes that evoke emotions of desire, doubt and anxiety.
Carr's photographs and videos are informed by the ways in which womanhood and motherhood have been seen, understood and lived across time, especially their representation in art, religion, advertising and family pictures. These themes coupled with the style and symbolism of Mid-Victorian images of interiors and feminine subjects inspire her body of work. Moving into video and sound challenges the form of traditional portraiture and allows other layers of meaning and complexity to surface.
photo © Benita Carr, Untitled 1, Digital C-print, 30 x 40 inches