Mother & Daughter Statement
Mother & Daughter: Sharing San Francisco
My mother, Charlotte C. Cook-Fuller, has championed my art career since childhood, accompanying me on many photo expeditions to find reference material for my realist artwork. I’ve valued her input, for she too is creatively accomplished. She made many of my childhood clothes and has decorated her home with flair.
In 2013 we set out on another Bay Area photo excursion and I exclaimed off-handedly, “Maybe we should collaborate!” This struck Mother oddly, yet it also rang a chord. She had time for more projects and wanted a new challenge. Already she had created several textile wall hangings that held places of honor in my home, my sister’s, and her own. Plus, San Francisco remained her favorite city despite her lifelong wanderlust and international travel.
The comment took hold. We chose several of our favorite San Francisco scenes as a starting point, photographs that either my mother or I had taken on our joint expeditions, each creating a work based on the same images: mine as acrylic on canvas and Mother’s as a fabric wall hanging. Since we are bi-coastal - I live in Daly City, CA and Mother lives near Baltimore, MD - we discussed our progress on the phone and shared JPEGs by e-mail. When visiting, we had dedicated time to work as a team, sharing the creative process and enjoying our togetherness.
The first thirteen pairs, a total of twenty-six artworks, were displayed at Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, MD, from September 17, 2015 through February 2016. Next, fourteen pairs were exhibited at Stanford Art Spaces in Palo Alto, CA. This show, Stereopticon: The San Francisco Bay Area by Charlotte C. Cook-Fuller and Lynette Cook, ran from June 6 — December 9, 2016. Following the Stanford exhibit was a group show at the Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco.