Rufana Mamedova

Mama 1/2, 2024 – Acrylics, oil, charcoal, acrylic markers, mixed media on MDF boards; 100×100 cm

Throughout the artist’s practice, she has sketched her mother within domestic settings – at home, on the couch, in the kitchen, doing dishes, and household chores. Even as her practice has evolved, her mother remains a key protagonist in her work.

Lately, the artist has been troubled by questions of life and death and how it affects us all. She realized that she was ageing and everyone around her was ageing too, including her mother whom she saw every day. This inspired her to depict her mother in her paintings at every age, a few years apart, to remember her as she is. She believes that this is not just about life and death, but about the existence of such a feeling as love, and this feeling stems from the feminine energy within each of us. Our perception of beauty and admiration for it is the ultimate expression of feminine energy.


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