Wood frame, rattan, glazed ceramic, metal fixings, salvaged leather, tufting
Left frame 180 x 123 x 3 cm
Right frame 181 x 123 x 3 cm
Price: £12,500 plus any applicable taxes
‘Dogmother’ is a collaborative work by Anna Perach and Anousha Payne. Perach uses ‘tufting’ to create carpets that are then fashioned into three-dimensional sculptures while Payne is largely known for her exquisitely rendered ceramics. Myth and folklore act as the inspiration behind both artistic practices. Together Payne and Perach mine multiple sources including Greek mythology, Southern Indian folklore and Iranian short stories to create their sculptures; all of which represent female protagonists undergoing transformation. The character of the ‘Dogmother’ has roots in a Tamil folklore tale called ‘The Dowry from Mother’ , about a Queen who births puppies and a dog who simultaneously births human babies. In this artwork the dual narratives of the story are represented by the two halves of the figure. The ceramic dog head expresses the monstrosity of the story, while the tufted fabric pieces represent the Queen and the pregnancy of two puppies.
From the artist’s studio
Anna Perach & Anousha Payne ‘As She Laughs’ Cooke Latham Gallery, 9 December 2021- 11 February 2022
Cooke Latham Gallery launched in December 2018 in a 19th-century warehouse in London’s Battersea. The space aims to support emerging and mid-career artists. We hope to maintain a programme that continually challenges both us and our audiences and allows a forum for urgent questions both political and aesthetic to be aired.