January 3, 2013

Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document (1973)

Post-Partum Document is a six-year exploration of the mother-child relationship. When it was first shown at the ICA in London in 1976, the work provoked tabloid outrage because Documentation I incorporated stained nappy liners. Each of the six-part series concentrates on a formative moment in her son’s mastery of language and her own sense of loss, moving between the voices of the mother, child and analytic observer. Informed by feminism and psychoanalysis, the work has had a profound influence on the development and critique of conceptual art.

Works pictured, in order:

  1. Post-Partum Document: Introduction (1973)
    Perpsex units, white card, wool vests, pencil, ink
  2. Detail
    Perpsex units, white card, wool vests, pencil, ink
  3. Detail
    Perspex units, white card, diaper linings, plastic sheeting, paper, ink
  4. Post-Partum Document: Documentation II
    Analysed Utterances and Related Speech Events (1975)
    Installation View, Generali Foundation
    Perspex units, white card, wood, paper, ink, rubber
  5. Detail
    Perspex unit, white card, wood, paper, ink, rubber
  6. Post-Partum Document: Documentation III
    Analysed Markings and Diary-perspective Schema (1975)
    Installation View, Generali Foundation
    Perspex units, white card, sugar paper, crayon
  7. Detail
    Perpsex units, white card, sugar paper, crayon
  8. Detail
    Perspex units, white card, plaster, cotton fabric
  9. Post-Partum Document: Documentation I 
    Analysed Fecal Stains and Feeding Charts (1974)
    Installation View, Generali Foundation
    Perspex units, white card, diaper linings, plastic sheeting, paper,ink
  10. Detail
    Installation View, Generali Foundation
    Perpsex units, white card, wood, paper, ink, mixed media

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