Marguerite Moon



Marguerite Moon is a mother, photographer, artist and photography lecturer with an MFA degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her life consists of daily attempts striving to do all of the above well all of the time. Results: varied.
Moon has participated in various exhibitions. Her work was exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair and AVA Gallery in 2018, at the Art Africa Fair in 2017 and she was a Sasol New Signatures Competition finalist in 2013 and 2016. She was selected by the Palestine Museum in Cape Town as one of six South African artists to participate in a residency in Palestine during June 2015.
Moon traverses the space between mothering, mother-being and making art in her work, and life. The site of mothering is usually confined to the domestic space; her work challenges this notion by presenting alternative ways of considering the mother. The act of bringing the mother and lived mothering experience into the contemporary art space is daunting as many patriarchal beliefs surrounding motherhood prevails.

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Breakfast (2016) is a moving portrait that depicts my children’s weekday breakfast ritual during school terms. The video portrait juxtaposes an imagined “perfect” breakfast setting with the real circumstances surrounding their breakfasts. Despite the setting appearing to be less than ideal, it is our reality.
Our perfection lies in creating our own version of perfection, in defiance of superficial breakfast norms. Breakfast is a nuanced example of lived mothering informed by mother-being as opposed to motherhood. The moving portrait reflects the constant changes in life, the passing of time, and reminds us that one moment is never the same as the next and that no day can be repeated. Our life is not static, nor relegated exclusively to the actual domestic site/home.


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The moving portrait becoming/being (2017) speaks to the multiple selves (mother, artist, woman, daughter, sister) contained within me. It addresses the shift/s that take place when becoming a mother—physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, financially—remaining the same, yet forever changed. It applies to the constant motion/flux between mothering, mother-being and making work and my attempt to reconcile these different moving parts.
The mother/I is/am sitting instead of standing as work gets tiring and the mother/I is/am not a statue. The mother/I is/am also not a towering figure, but at times is/am almost completely overwhelmed by her/my children and the demands of mothering, work and life. Yet she/I remains/remain steady, holding on to her/my identity and stability. Here, the mother is the subject, and not exclusively in relation to her children.
It also alludes to the fact that my children are with me, always, even when they are not (physically).