The Breeding Machine: Panel 4: Troubling maternal ideal

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Title: Breeding Machine

Down at the bottom of the garden
Mother’s little breeding machine whirs and ticks.
Deep in the mouldering mess, children are growing.
Leaves in their mouths, dirt in their eyes.
Fecund and fertile; feral and febrile.
They were made in earth.
They will be laid in earth.
Their toys are twitching too - shallow breaths in the yarrow, bloodless bone marrow.
A creeping cunning, a quickening wit,
And nothing good can come of it.

Bio: Louise Wallace’s art practice is based upon a fictional mother’s story. Through painting, collage and sculpture she visualises a rogue maternity and its feral progeny.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jun 2015
EventMotherhood and Creative Practice - South Bank University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jun 20152 Jun 2015


ConferenceMotherhood and Creative Practice
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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