The Mothers & The Daughters are the offspring of original abstract paintings by Trudy Montgomery referencing and honouring the Divine Feminine in all women. These paintings were conceived while the artist was pregnant and are only now, after a four year gestation, ready for presentation in the world.
Trudy Montgomery has been working with imagery of the Divine Feminine since 2010 with her series of Union paintings, in which she searched for a dynamic balance between the opposing forces of masculine and feminine, a struggle experienced in herself and the world. Her own personal journey has seen a deepening of her connection with the Divine Feminine through meditation and spiritual reflection, also expressed in her series of Yantras painted in India in 2012.
The Mothers & The Daughters series acknowledges the Divine Feminine as the source of birth, creation and the home of extraordinary creativity. Individual images also reference, quite by accident, the physical anatomy of a woman’s vagina, womb and birth canal; the portal through which new life enters this world. It is, after all, our mothers and their daughters who embody the Divine Feminine today.
While derivative of the parent works on canvas and in the same vivid palette, these new works offer something new: symmetry and a kaleidoscopic mysticism that evokes a sense of being at the threshold of another realm. Presented as digital c-prints, these painterly photographs provide the viewer with an experience that is at once ancient and futuristic.
The Mothers can be seen as originating from the past and are created where the original image is reflected to the left, while The Daughters emerge when reflected to the right, referencing forward in time. The work can also be seen as a visual expression of the divine breath of the Great Mother, with the inhale representing The Mothers and the exhale, The Daughters.
In this time of girl power in the West, as the equal rights of women are given importance and credence in the media and upheld by the judiciary, it is fitting that this body of work is now exhibited for the first time.
Mothers & Daughters, Circle Contemporary, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LR: 16 June – 30 June
Drawing Explored, Newyn Society of Artists, Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 8YL: 5 – 30 May
The Spring Collection 2018, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6LQ: 28 April – 13 May
CYPHER, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 8YL: 26 January – 4 February
Monochrome, The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, Cornwall (20 October 2017 – 8 January 2018)
RWA 165th Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol, UK (Selected but not hung)
Christmas Exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, London and Hungerford
Spring Open Exhibition 2017, St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives, Cornwall, curated by Anthony Frost
Opening Exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, Hungerford, UK
Spring Show, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, UK
Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, London
Autumn Collection and 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, UK
Index 2016, Dubai, UAE – Handheld Image, Hall 4, Stand A32
Past, Present, Future, 20th Century Theatre Notting Hill, London W11 2QA
Spring & Autumn Exhibitions, Little Picture Show, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, UK
Tanner & Lawson, Burnham Market, Norfolk, UK
Summer Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Cricket Fine Art, London UK
110th Annual Exhibition: Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
Press Gang II, Gloucestershire Printmakers Cooperative Gallery, Stroud, UK
Winter Light, David Simon Contemporary, Bath, UK
Gallery Launch Exhibition, Gallery Beautiful (Courts Garden Gallery), Holt, Wilts., UK
MMXIV, Marzia Frozen, Berlin, Germany
Shine, Bath in Fashion 2014, Abbey Hotel, Bath, UK
109th Annual Exhibition: Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
Spring Exhibition: Circle Bath, Bath, UK
Winter Colour: Lane House Arts, Bath, UK
Affordable Art Fair Seattle, Cricket Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Press Gang: Brewery Barn, near Bath, UK
Consider the Lilies: Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, London, UK
Trudy Montgomery – Urban Landscapes: Porch, Santa Barbara, CA
International Artists in Residence: Sanskriti Kendra Gallery, New Delhi, India
Trudy Montgomery: The Water Garden, Santa Monica, CA
Melissa Morgan Fine Art at Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs, CA
Winter Group Show: Gebert Gallery, Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
Art at L’Ermitage: L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, CA – inc. Andy Moses, Suzan Woodruff, America Martin, Patter Hellstrom, Chris Crossen
Summer Exhibition: Cricket Fine Art, London, UK
Third Biennial Exhibition: Rosvik Gallery, Marlborough, UK
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
Second Biennial Exhibition: Rosvik Gallery, Marlborough, U.K