Photo: Maria Blyzinsky. Courtesy: Pitzhanger Manor
‘Mutter Matter- murmurings from the Drawing Room table’
Pitzhanger Manor House, Ealing, London – 2012
Artists Jane Fox and Irene Mensah have created ‘Mutter Matter – murmurings from the kitchen table’, a new work for the upstairs drawing room at the historic manor, which was once home to celebrated 19th century architect Sir John Soane.
Fox who teaches on the BA(Hons) Performance and Visual Art and MA Inclusive Arts Practice courses and Mensah who is a visiting lecturer in community arts practice say that the installations they have created 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.
Jane Fox and Irene Mensah, ‘Mutter Matter’, mixed media, June 2012.