Maternal Shabbat: Born of Aqueous Tones

by - August 05, 2013

Maternal Shabbat: Born of Aqueous Tones
Opening reception Friday, August 9, 6-9pm
Ritual 7pm
Gasoline Gallery, 2493 Broad Avenue
On view by appointment through Wednesday, August 14

This is the fourth of a sixteen-party exhibition series curated by Jason Miller entitled Circuitous Succession

According to the event's Facebook page, Jason Miller arranges artworks and objects connected directly and indirectly with the marriage and motherhood experiences of Robin Salant. Salant is known for her work with multicolored lights and art installations. 

Salant was given numerous wind chimes upon her marriage and later gave a water birth delivery. During her pregnancy she contacted several artists, including Murray Riss and Jason Miller, to make maternal photographic portraits of her during her months of pregnancy. This was how Miller was first captivated by the maternal connected areas of Salant's experience. The exhibition was sparked from these maternal portraits. These initiating images become part of a collective use of symbolism and art objects to form a more sculptural and environmental presence.

Predominantly, the installation invokes the senses of sight, touch and sound. In addition, this exhibition experience yields a focus on the relevance of meditation in connection with ritual and human existence.

A ritual shall occur at 7pm during the Friday evening opening. All viewers will be encouraged to participate and interact with components of this installation-oriented exhibition event.

Statement by Robin Salant:


When Jason Miller approached me about curating an exhibit from work and personal objects he would select during a studio visit, I knew it would require much trust and vulnerability. He chose personal items and stories that interested him and somehow, in his view, connected my life to my work. In 2012 much of my creative energy culminated in the creation of my marriage rituals and the installation of a deliberate birthing environment. Jason chose many objects from these very personal, artful events. While the ingredients of the show are mine, the concept, title and vision are Jason's. 

Additional credits: Special thanks to Murray Riss for giving us permission to use his Maternal Portrait as part of the dialogue in this installation and overall project.

For more information see the Facebook event page or call 901-229-1041 or email Jason Miller at 

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