• © Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

  • © Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

  • Matthew Finn, Black and White, Mother, Room

    © Matthew Finn, Untitled, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

  • © Matthew Finn, Untitled originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015, from the series 'Mother' (1987-present)

  • © Matthew Finn, Untitled, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

Ideas Series: Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 Essay by Elinor Carucci

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Elinor Carucci, photographer and Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 Core Mentor to Matthew Finn, discusses Matthew's complex relationship to his mother through his work.

The Greys

A son’s gaze on his mother.

The way a man sees women begins with the way he sees his mother.
I might go so far as to say that this fundamental relationship between mothers and sons, has not only affected the way women are seen in society, but that the infinitely complex relationship between mothers and sons lies at the heart of many of the events that have shaped human history.

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

When I was young I always said that I wanted to marry a man who was strongly loved by his mother. The love a mother has for her children is often thought of as a given. But I wanted to find a man whose mother showed him love outwardly and without reservation. “That would make a good man,” I thought.

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

I found a man who fits this description. We have been together for 22 years and have two children of our own.

Matthew Finn’s work draws us into the always fascinating dynamic between mother and son. That he is the only son of a single mother intensifies this connection. Matthew and his mother Jean are a family of two, and their lives are deeply intertwined. They are dependent on each other, and Matthew is, in many senses, the ‘man’ in Jean’s life. Through the lens, Matthew seems to find perspective on this intensified version of what is the most natural, elemental bond – that of a mother and child.

 

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