Spilt Milk: The Darker Side of Motherhood (in development)
'Spilt Milk' is a cross-disciplinary exploration between Melinda Hetzel and photographer/ long-time collaborator, Pia Johnson. Working in collaboration with artist-mothers to create a series of theatrical portraits, Hetzel and Johnson look at the unvoiced, less glamorous and taboo aspects of motherhood and mortality, through a surreal, whimsical and often darkly humorous lens.
Image: Pia Johnson and Melinda Hetzel
The Motherhood Project (in development)
The Motherhood Project was seeded in Johnson and Hetzel's series of surreal, collaborative portraits. This prompted a broader project centred around the complexity of identity transformation and gender equity in parenthood. Through a process of community engagement, via an online platform, primary carers will participate in a guided creative process involving social mapping, story-capture and personal image-creation. Finally, this material will be curated into a polyvocal artwork, celebrating contemporary women’s diverse lived experiences of motherhood.