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‘Mother’: Susan Hook . Alex Tyler . Felicity Tyler . launch Sat 29 June 4pm-6pm exhib dates June 26 -21 July

June 26 @ 10:00 am - July 21 @ 4:00 pm


Growing up, growing from and growing into


With three very different styles and perspectives, Susan Hook and her daughters Alex and Felicity Tyler are bringing together their artworks for a group exhibition centred around the theme of Mother. The theme of loss is a constant for each of the three artists. Far from a kitsch, romanticised view of motherhood, featuring happy mums and smiling babies, these artists take an unsentimental approach; a cynical, sometimes sad, sometimes dark and subversive view of Mother. These semi-autobiographical works move from searching for the lost mother through childhood photographs, to the examination of self and loss of control over the female body, to a fracturing of the self and the corporeal, and even the burden that society places on the female body as a site of contention and control.

Susan Hook

Susan explores themes of attachment, childhood and motherhood; using family photographs to search for her childhood self and for her own now lost mother. She explores this through a series of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas. She cites Grant Wood, and Mary Cassett as influences on her art, which has a naïve and sometimes unsettling quality. A psychologist and amateur painter, this is her second exhibition. Susan has painted on and off throughout her life and has recently returned to it through Factory Arts with Barry Tate and Glenn Morgan.

Alex Tyler and Felicity Tyler

Both sisters use an element of sarcasm, satire and dark humour in their artworks, which are often self-portraits.

Alex is picking up art again after hiatus since year 12. She is new to painting and has never exhibited before. She explores the concept of Mother through themes of growing up, anxiety about the changing body and self, and the wrestle between self and others for control over your own body as a woman. Her work is inspired by Surrealism, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning and even Hieronymus Bosch. Although not a mother herself, when she interviewed women for her anthropology thesis on motherhood, a theme that emerged very strongly was a feeling of loss of control over the body and a “fracturing” of the self or identity after having children. This was profoundly moving, and she wanted to portray these feelings in her artwork; a mixture of grey lead, coloured pencil and oil paints.

Felicity enjoys Jordan Marani’s work, and Raymond Pettibon’s visual stylings. Felicity’s art is heavily tied to her experiences dealing with adenomyosis and chronic uterine pain. The vast number of women who live with similar issues and their often devastating symptoms are ignored, underrepresented and medically and culturally dismissed. She hopes to voice the incredible tension, pain, self-doubt, and lack of personal autonomy this oversight causes through a combination of realistic, abstract, and semi abstract works using coloured pencil, pen and gouache. She has taken part in student exhibitions as part of her Fine Arts degree at Monash University.


June 26 @ 10:00 am
July 21 @ 4:00 pm
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‘Mother’: Susan Hook . Alex Tyler . Felicity Tyler . launch Sat 29 June 4pm-6pm exhib dates June 26 -21 July

224 Timor Street, Warrnambool VIC, Australia