Beth Chucker: Family. Matter.
Family. Matter. brings together several disparate but connected bodies of photographs by artist Beth Chucker in order to question and celebrate motherhood, childhood, and states in between. Her most recent series, “A Work in Progress,” documents the process of “trying to make children” at the age of 41, when the artist’s previous miscarriages and “geriatric” age made for a complicated journey that she faced with camera in hand. In the earlier work, “The Mothers,” Chucker put in a call to LA Casting, seeking women of a similar age to that of her mother when she passed away from cancer. These haunting portraits interrogate loss, sexuality, and femininity while celebrating an aging but vibrant generation of women. The equally haunting moments in “Darkened Snapshots” are manipulated rejects from a family album assembled before Chucker was adopted and subsequently kept private from her. These images engage in the act of remembering to help us consider what is buried and what is revealed over time.
Beth Chucker, Projection, 2013. Pigment print, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Beth Chucker, Feeding Cake, 2010. Pigment print, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist
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