‘Mutter Matter – Murmurings from the Drawing Room table’
Mutter Matter is a collaborative installation project by artists Jane Fox and *Irene Mensah.
‘Murmurings from the kitchen table’ was first seen in the kitchen at the Regency Town House , Brighton, during the House festival in May 2011, It then transformed into ‘Mutter Matter – murmurings from the Drawing Room table’ and was then shown at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, London from 15th June to 29th July 2012
In ‘Mutter Matter –murmurings from the Drawing Room table’ the artists weave together elements from their personal memories of their Grandmothers…the exuberant naughtiness of licking plates, a discreet hum or the handling of flour and utensils to create ‘perfection lemon pie’…. alongside their observations from research into the lives of Sir John Soane and his wife Eliza, who owned the property in the first decade of the 19th century.
It is not the details of these memories that the work reveals but rather a strange mix of mayhem and contemplation, surface and touch, presence and absence, and the impossibility of perfection that crosses generations of women.
* Sadly Irene Mensah passed away April 12th 2013 this year – here is lovely tribute to her – she was a very inspirational person who worked with a lot of people in the local community. Poet, dancer, artist and involved with Black History week, she will be greatly missed.
Comments - ‘The first sight of the table took my breath away’ – ‘Wonderings, stirrings, rememberings..’ – ‘Still feeling uplifted by the impact of Mutter Matter…’ – ‘Marvellous, moving, thought provoking – just what the heart needs!’ – ‘Inspirational!’
Articles – ‘Perfectly poised between dream and reality – a mere gust from a carelessly slammed door or an inopportune sneeze could tip the balance and the whole thing come toppling down in a haze of fragments, recollections, notions and dust.’
Read the full review by Maria Blyzinsky on a-n INTERFACE