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Artist Talk: Sunday, October 14, Noon to 1pm
“My mother’s wooden clothes pins, used to hang laundry in the backyard of the house in Pittsburgh during my childhood, remain in my possession. Why the clothes pins? Most things I kept from that time have long since been removed. The ceramic bird collection, the vintage 50’s clothing, the costume jewelry, carnival glass and ancient linens…all gone.. Even the house has just finally been sold. But the clothes pins remain.”
During her fellowship with CFEVA, Syd Carpenter began a series of mixed media sculptures inspired by the shape of wooden clothes pins. Such a shape is evocative of an elegant elongated female form, the clean lines recalling Cycladic figures from an ancient Aegean Culture. In the series Mother Pins the shape represents the artist’s mother, Ernestine Carpenter. Ernestine appears as a mother pin, providing shelter, food and fantasy. In whatever guise, she is always elegant, always elevated. The series re-imagines that long held bag of clothes pins transformed from a forgettable artifact to emblems of the complex but reverent relationship between a mother and daughter.