The Influences of My Mother

Sara Diamond

1982, 24:00 minutes, colour, English


"I produced this tape over a two year period to assist and represent a process of recovering and ordering my memories of my mother. By exploring her history and context, as well as memory. This tape discloses the stages of my emotional understanding of her as an autonomous person, beyond our familial relationship." S.D.

The stages of awareness about this relationship are presented in six sections: Denial; Anger, A Medley of Mixed Emotions, Mother as Historical Object, Heroic Mother and finally Mother as Subject.

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Critical Writing

Stories to Tell: Autobiography and Narrative
by Jayne Wark. Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America, 2006. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
Sara Diamond: Video Artist
by Roger Matuz. Contemporary Canadian Artists, 1997. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
Sara Diamond: Video Art and Activism in Canada
by Frances K. Pohl. Women's Studies, Mar. 1996, v. 25, no. 3.
Desiring Daughters
by Renee Baert. Screen, Summer 1993, v. 34, no. 2.
Video Visions: An artist explores women's lives: On view at...
by Heather McLennan. The Globe and Mail, June 9, 1990.
The Influences of My Mother
by Sara Diamond. Fireweed, 1982, no. 12.