Umedalen Skulptur 2002
In the Swedish artist Helena Wikström’s Remember to Respect Your Mother, we see a different strategy unfolding. The glass mosaic is halfway buried into the ground in a way that opens up a sequenceof contrast and oppositions to the surrounding landscape in terms of form and shape. The work itself consists of red and white chequers imitating a pattern that often is seen on chaperons used by Swedish housewives in their kitchens. Wikstöm has earlier worked with themes alluding to women’s experiences in society, and with Remember to Respect Your Mother she succeeds in a moving way to extol the incessant work of allour mothers, all that work ‘that is never done,’ as the saying goes. The humble outlines of her piece, hardly visible until you come close, underlines that aspect even further.
Eric van der Heeg