Mothers and Daughters

I started this series of acrylic paintings in 2018 at a time when I wanted to show how relationships between mothers and daughters can be complicated. For some reason I can’t explain, I stopped but now have returned to them. Maybe, at this strange time of the corona pandemic, the time has arrived to show my love for my daughter and how my work is giving me pleasure by bringing her, in an abstract way, closer to me.

Under each painting, you can read a section from my diary describing how I felt at the time.

  1. The Touch (60x50cm)

For almost a month, I haven’t been able to paint. But yesterday my daughter came to the front door and, at the prescribed distance, we talked. I have seen her only four times since Lockdown started and I had an unbearable desire to hold her. After we talked, she left and, as she was going, I looked after her for a long time. I woke up this morning and started painting.


  1. The Embrace (60x50cm)

Sunday is the day we usually have lunch together, but this is not happening. Who knows when it will happen again? I have managed to finish the second painting and it makes me feel better and closer to my daughter.


  1. New Way (60x50cm)

Day after day passes, the day breaks the night and it’s like we’re getting used to living with Lockdown. Some of us even like this new way of life, until one of our loved ones is among those who become a number on our TV screens. I feel anxiety all around us.


  1. Daydream or Nightmare (60x50cm)

My daughter and her friends live without fear and we parents are hoping nothing will happen to them. While we wait in Lockdown for the day when are as close as we used to be, only dreams and imaginations are helping us to unlock and hope for a better tomorrow.


  1. VC Day (40x50cm)

Yesterday we celebrated VE Day, the day of Victory over fascism in Europe; so much happiness, love, joy, optimism. When are we, who are hiding in our homes, going to see VC Day, the day of Victory over Coronavirus? Where we will be, and what this time of ‘slow reopening’ should bring us, we don’t know, but I know that much of London youth has spent this time walking in the clouds. I wonder how they will cope with this new reality of life.


  1. Lean on Me (40x50cm)

For all of you, who at this moment cannot touch, embrace, smell your nearest and dearest, hold on, do your best and wait for the glorious moment of being in their arms again.


  1. The Stroll (50x60cm)

This painting represents the dilemma of a young woman faced with the choice between escaping from a traditional way of life and finding her freedom. How easy it is to do such a thing is not obvious; she is still caged and the wall with the two saints, even in the background, is still present in her life.

  1. Joy and Sadness (60x50cm)

To finish this painting took me longer than usual. I have been struggling psychologically with social distancing, especially with my daughter. For my birthday, we couldn’t resist kissing and hugging each other: tears of joy and sadness, pleasure that we could be together but pain that we are so much apart. We talked about my painting and about her music, which I hope is helping her find an inner harmony. But her words in my birthday card are what keep me going: ‘I love you more than anything in the world.’


  1. Anchored (76x61cm)

I have been thinking a lot about my friend on the other side of the world. The image of her and her family was so clear in front of my eyes that I just took it and transferred onto canvas. My friend will always be at her daughter’s side, watched over by the captain of the white ship. Their love for each other is unwavering.


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