Number 10
Number 10, Porcelain, not given
Magdalene baby
Magdalene baby, Porcelain, not given
Baby Violet
Baby Violet, Porcelain, not given
Number 10
Number 10, Porcelain, not given
Help me
Help me, Porcelain, not given
Twins
Twins, Porcelain, not given
Lost baby
Lost baby, Porcelain, not given
Help me
Help me, Porcelain, not given
Baby Violet
Baby Violet, Porcelain, not given
Alone
Alone, Porcelain, not given
Baby Violet
Baby Violet, Porcelain, not given
Lost baby
Lost baby, Porcelain, not given
Alone
Alone, Porcelain, not given
Lost Innocence
Lost Innocence, Porcelain, not given
Help me
Help me, Porcelain, not given
Baby grow
Baby grow, Porcelain, not given
Baby clothes
Baby clothes, Porcelain, not given
Socks and shoes
Socks and shoes, Porcelain, not given

Artist Neidin Rodgers, Down

Neidin is an artists from Newry, Co.Down in Ireland, she works mostly in Porcelain or porcelain paper clay. She has chosen this medium as she thinks it works well with her theme of 'Ireland's mother and baby homes'. The porcelain represents the fragility of the babies and how small and vulnerable they are and the crisp white colour of the porcelain shows the purity of the babies, Neidin usually covers over the white in a glaze or oxide to represent how the church and state helped to cover up these stories of the mammy's and babies being separated and in some cases being shipped overseas and away from their heartbroken mammy's who most would never see again. The mothers then having to go on with life as if nothing happened and having to work in disgusting and appalling conditions that took the life of many a young woman.

Neidin hopes to tell the stories of the women and children who where kept at these mother and baby homes by talking to some women and children who have told her their tragic story or relatives of the women as sadly some women died before they could ever tell their tale, to traumatized and brainwashed with fear of what people may think of them if they dared to tell about the abuse and neglect they faced at the hands of the church and state. Neidin thinks that the horror of the mother and baby homes is not something that should be forgotten easily in Ireland, it is a disgusting and gruesome part of our history but we owe it to the women and children of the mother and baby homes to remember them and seek justice for them.

That is what Neidin's art is all about.

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