Mother and Daughter on Hiatus by Claudia Kogachi

Mother and Daughter on Hiatus

Claudia Kogachi

10 April to 29 April 2018

The other night my mother and I were talking about things that I do that she finds frustrating. I asked her for an example. She immediately responded with this, “There's a platter of lobster tails for dinner and everybody is eager to go and help themselves, Claudia happens to be the first one to the platter and she will pick the largest tail on the plate ... that’s you.”

Mother and Daughter on Hiatus is an ironic collection capturing the rivalrous and friction-run relationship that one has with their mother; in this case my own.

Unapologetically domestic, these frieze-like structures create a coliseum for my mother and I to compete in. When we argue, often I think the lack of any witness to our dispute is unfair. In hopes to validate who's in the wrong and who's in the right, a third person, an audience or a referee would suffice. This arena of sporting events categorises my disharmonic relationship with my mother into that of entertainment, disguised as humour rather than stigmatic.

You are the viewer. You are the audience. You are the referee.



Born: 1995, Awaji-Shima, Japan

Lives: Auckland, New Zealand

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Hawaii; Honours of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

Awards: First in Course Award, Elam, University of Auckland (2014); 360 Auckland Abroad Exchange Travel Awards, University of Auckland (2016)

Public Exhibitions: Contact: Foreign and Familiar, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii (2016); Under Pressure, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii (2016); Spaces In Between, George Fraser Gallery, University of Auckland (2017); The Protagonist,  Project Space, University of Auckland (2017)

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