Mixed-media assemblages by Marita Green (1971), Ceramic, retro cake tins 2012
Marita Green’s work asks us to ponder the idea of mother as receptacle and protection but also looks at the reality of birth as an actual physical end as the infant grapples with introduction to the world outside the womb.
She uses memory and infancy as major signifiers in her work. The biscuit tin and her ceramic baby dolls are the signifiers that work together and in this odd relationship, the tin takes on a very catholic tabernacle kind of role, like a womb: it is considered a sacred and honoured space which can produce life. With life come exposure and vulnerability when no longer contained within the body of the mother.
(text courtesy Waikato Museum)