TALKING ABOUT FRANK
A textural, haptic practice with thread-based hand crafts at its very heart. Such slow repetitive activities allow for reflective thought, being absorbing almost to the point of monotony. It is as though the boredom is a precursor to creativity. The process of making is embedded in the work, and is as important as the finished outcome. Spinning, weaving and sewing can be thought of as representations of the maternal, the threads being a metaphor for the umbilical link between mother and child. The piece 'talking about Frank' takes reference from repetitive fact filled ‘conversations’ with her adult autistic son. Through the work she delves into her own feelings of maternal ambivalence.
Melanie Jordan is a Kent-based artist currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury, UK. Her textural, haptic practice has thread at its heart. Through traditional crafts such as spinning and sewing, she explores the rather uncomfortable subject of maternal ambivalence; the inner tension between the need to nurture and a feeling of entrapment. The thread being a metaphor for the umbilical link between mother and child. The piece 'Talking about Frank' takes reference from repetitive fact filled ‘conversations’ with her adult autistic son.