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Josephine Mead
Arms of Time.

“The work began with arms and vessels. By reconfiguring and reflecting my self-image through images of my mother and grandmother’s hands, I called backwards, to the legacy of my female bloodline, and forwards, to my future. Sara Ahmed suggests that ‘we can understand why, of all her limbs, the arm matters. An arm is what allows us to reach, to carry, to hold. […] Arms are identified throughout history as the limbs of labor.’ When imaging my grandmother, I imaged arms that have undertaken the emotional labour of almost 70 years of motherhood, of joy and sadness, of attempting to push back Alzheimers before it had to be carried. Her arms have enacted the labour of memory-loss.” —Josephine Mead, 2017.

****Time has the ability to at-once connect and separate us.