"The Fault"
Viviane Silvera

Gifted by
The Newington-Cropsey Foundation


Within the exploration of the universal mistreatment of women, mothers themselves play a role in the violation and maiming of their own daughters. This sculpture asks the question, "Why would a mother sacrifice her daughter?" Mothers are put in a great cultural paradox when we conceive of them as nurturing while there are so many instances of maternal violence. It is this paradox that ultimately maims their daughters as much as any knife; that the woman held up as the symbol of their safety, is ultimately their betrayer.