Borgia, Italy born 1946
Fiji born 1955
My mother's hands
Collection Title: Appassionata
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper woodcut, printed in black ink, from an Indonesian jelutong woodblock Support: white wove Arches BFK Rives 280 gsm paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: 'BFK RIVES FRANCE'
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 14; plus 1 artist's proof on BFK Rives 280 gsm paper 36.0 x 76.5 cm; 1 artist's proof on cream Velin Arches paper 56.0 x 76.5 cm; 4 artist's proofs, and 1 hors commerce on heavy white Japanese Hitachi paper 84.0 x 63.6 cm.
The later woodcut, My mother’s hands,shows my mother sitting down, wearing her typical apron and with her hands folded in her lap. The first time I did my mother’s hands was in 1961 when I asked her to sit for me so I could draw her hands for a drawing competition. I still have the drawings I made.
My mother’s hands said a great deal to me – they did so much work, they nursed me, they gave me lots of warmth and love and comfort. I wanted to express in the hands that they would protect you and nurture you. They were strong hands, working hands, because she had worked very hard since she was a young girl.
My mother played a profound role in my life and my evolution as a painter. She had a lot of strength and I think this portrait of her hands says it all.
Salvatore Zoffrea, 2002
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002