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A Conflict of Interests

By  Lauren McLaughlin 2012 - 2016

A conflict of interests is a typographical work whereby the words "Mother" "other" "her" and "Me" flash consecutively and continuously as a visual representation of the identity conflicts women experience in matrescence.

I made the work in response to my own experience as a young single mother navigating the changes within my sense of self as I became a woman, and the struggle to balance my own needs and desires with those of my child. The work aimed to present a maternal subjectivity, reclaiming the objectification of the maternal identity. Neon is a very male-dominated medium and this piece was partly inspired and produced in response to Martin Creed's 'Mothers' (2011) which I felt was another attempt to glorify motherhood from a patriarchal perspective.

L M Lauren McLaughlin

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