Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a series of images which challenge the viewer to contemplate the intimate adult relationship between mothers and daughters and the love, struggle and rivalry in their shared lives.
Artist Statement, 2012: In my latest project, "Mothers and Daughters" I portray the complex and sometimes challenging relationship between a mother and her daughter. It is both documentary and biographical, as it also illustrates memories of my and my two sisters' relationships with our mother, and even her relationship with her mother. I chose to work with real mother and daughter pairs in their own environment, rather than with models or actors. I only needed to orchestrate the sitters moderately to show the essence of their emotional bond. We created their own small world together, at the same time, through the staging of the scene, reviving for me memories of my own family's relationships. As the project grew in shape, form and content, and I related to twenty different mother and daughter pairs, with their very varied, sometimes ultra-sensitive relationships, I realised how much the fragility and vulnerability of females is exposed fully in the mother-daughter relationship. Over the passage of time the relationship changes significantly.