Rachel Jones: Mother's Milk
A stage for public performance
199 Water Street, New York
Preview Night 1: Thursday September 12th, 2019
Preview Night 2: Friday September 13th, 2019
September 12th - October 5th, 2019
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm
Wallplay is pleased to present Rachel Jones: Mother’s Milk, an interactive stage for public exploration. Mother’s Milk focuses on the everyday brutality of being vulnerable by considering the range of emotions involved in the process of healing. A continuation of her work on memory, trauma, grief, the healing process and relationships, Jones’ newest exhibition draws inspiration from fairytale archetypes, riotgrrrl culture, and the simplicities of youth—namely, the safety of the childhood fort.
Mother’s Milk is a richly crafted theatrical experience acting as a parallel universe intent on transporting visitors to an alternate realm beyond the bustle of downtown Manhattan. Jones aims to reveal something to participants about their own capacity for self acceptance and healing through connecting with tender moments of childhood. At times eerie and at times nostalgic, Jones stages these worlds to experiment with the depths of human connection based on commonalities as the ultimate artform. This plays out both in the context of uncanny sleepover on steroid-type characteristics, as well as through shared thoughts, emotions, dream states and desires.
Mother’s Milk exists at the nexus of installation art and performance by the public, involving multiple interactive tracks for audience members to explore using flashlights. Visitors guide themselves through the dream-state like sets, encountering strength found in the innocence of youth. Viewers are encouraged to contemplate opening themselves up to internal and external tenderness, despite previous hardships, even when they feel the most undesired. Mother’s Milk invites the audience to access their own inner strength, finding their way through the darkness into light.
About Rachel Jones:
Rachel Jones is a Brooklyn based experiential artist, aiming to create works that envelop all five senses and build portals into other lives. She believes time-based works engage viewers in an emotionally immediate and resonant way that is not possible through other art forms. As a voracious consumer of literature, films, and music, Jones’ work is inspired by various folklore and mythology, text, and lyrics. A hopeless romantic, she is compelled to make work through the conflicting abundance of humor, romance, despair, and redemption she experiences everyday.