"Letters from Portugal - pai" (father)
Fibre art made with tracing paper, cotton, felt, organza, free motion stitching and hand stitching by Mónica Leitão Mota, mixed media and fibre artist in Canada
My work "Letters from Portugal" was inspired by the phrase "Every child has the fundamental right and need for an unthreatened and loving relationship with both parents" (Edward Kruk, Ph.D). After the divorce of my parents when I was very young, I was a victim of "Parental Alienation", "... a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child custody disputes".
In this work, the use of transparencies was reinforced by the combination of organza and tracing paper, and the calligraphic records printed on this paper and arranged in layers at the center of the composition are excerpts from personal letters.
It was important for me to be able to represent in this work two such contradictory aspects of my family experience: the almost obsessive need for transparency in all my actions and decisions and the constant weight of emotional manipulation.