Karen Trask

1999, 11:00 minutes, colour, English & French


Mothertext is the story of a young woman's attempt to create meaning out of personal loss. It is a story of the acknowledgment of the early death of her mother and the recognition of her need to reinvent a mother- daughter relationship, one that goes beyond the feelings of absence and sorrow that she grew up with as a child. Through the use of text based installation works, the story unfolds with the documentation, the creation and the subsequent disintegration or transformation of the original installation materials. Empty space, silence and the whiteness of materials such as milk, snow and paper were used as metaphors to signify and revalue this presence of absence. What was the background becomes foreground, what was shadow is also light. There, a new text writes over the old. Narrated in first person, it is my own story.

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