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A Mother's Anxiety: Watching

Susan Kemner Reed's avatar Susan Kemner Reed

This is the 5th drawing in A Mother's Anxiety series depicting the war in Iraq from a mother's point of view. These large graphite drawings are filled with meticulous mark-making and cutting that symbolize moments of anxiety. In Watching, the mother and father are obsessed with watching the news hoping to catch a glimpse of their son on the television. On the back of the couch is a Kurdish Storytelling rug sent by the young soldier to his parents. The mother is fumbling with a sewing project, trying to make a medic's vest to send to her son. In reality, she ordered it on the internet and had it sent to Iraq. The task I set for myself was to create large drawings filled with marks of every sort, filling every inch of the paper. Cutting the paper became part of the mark-making as the edges began to be cut away. Not being able to "watch over" her son, the mother creates an environment that protects him even though that is impossible.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: graphite on paper
  • Width: 60"
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 60"