Medals for Motherhood IX (circus) 2008
Throughout history a multitude of objects and images have been
offered up in ritual, both private and public, to the mystery of
procreation. In the twentieth century some totalitarian states
issued 'Motherhood Medals'. They were awarded to women for having
five or more children, for providing the state with its 'good' citizens.
Freya Payne has appropriated this idiom for her latest
installation at Flowers Cork Street, which is titled 'Medals for
Motherhood'. But here the title is supplication not decree, as her
sculptures are medals in the widest sense.