Lisa Creagh

Holding Time

15 January - 21 January 2018




The Making Space residency is an opportunity to test Holding Time as a multi-screen installation featuring animation, stills and video. Using material created over the past three years of breastfeeding mothers, this four day installation will test a working method of showing stop motion portraits alongside an abstract 'time map' based on Cosmateque designs. 

For new mothers there is little in popular visual culture to affirm their new role as mother and breast feeder. Many new mothers want to feed their babies but feel isolated breastfeeding at home and may not have the confidence to breastfeed in public. This work sets out to remove the barriers to breastfeeding, whilst positively promoting this role in society by providing positive images of mother and child relationships. 

The portraits are designed to represent a broad range of mothers including mothers of a variety of ages, nationalities, mothers with young babies up to small children. Most of the mothers are separately interviewed for The Parlour website in collaboration with sociologist, Lucila Newell. 

Using constructed patterns comprising of glass geometrical shapes, producing an ancient kind of ‘encoded’ of information within each portrait of mother and child that encompasses the duration each mother has spent breastfeeding to that moment. This work seeks to re-contextualise motherhood in general and breastfeeding in particular as an active, rather than passive activity, aligning mother and child with an older, more universal time system. 


The Holding Time video installation will be open to the public on Thursday 18 January 1pm - 5pm


Artist Lisa Creagh will be in conversation with Christiane Monarchi on Thursday 18 January 6:30pm - 8pm