My research is taking a winding and slightly meandering path as I get further into this project. I have started to look at different forms of loss and was extremely moved to learn more about the Foundling Museum. There were very resonant approaches taken by artists Tracey Emin, Paula Rego and Matt Collishaw in the exhibition: ‘Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin & Paula Rego: At the Foundling’, 27 January 2010 – 09 May 2010
“Throughout the Foundling Museum, inside and outside, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego installed works of art that resonated with the extraordinary story of the Foundling Hospital. Each of these distinguished artists has made remarkable works over the years with subject matter that lies at the heart of the Foundling story; pain and anguish associated with aspects of childhood, motherhood, abortion and loss. The exhibition included paintings, works on paper, bronzes and installations.”
This small bronze ‘baby mitten’ by Tracey Emin is part of the permanent collection at the museum and greets visitors as they arrive at the gates.