Niki Grangruth

This body of work explores the complex relationships of mothers and their children; relationships that include simultaneous connection and separation, intimacy and disengagement, reliance and independence. The home becomes a stage for domestic melodrama. I construct these photographs to negotiate the space between the middle-class, American maternal ideal and the social reality of motherhood. I combine the idealization of traditional maternal archetypes, such as the Madonna, with the realities and anxieties of contemporary domestic life.

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