Gillian Rosselli

Umbilical Cord

Performance stills M I L K exhibition at Nel Gallery

About this artwork

Umbilical Cord, 2022, Performance in collaboration with the Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa

Umbilical Cord is a performative piece inspired by a time when Rosselli’s mother was on her death bed. It was performed as a ritual where the artist’s intention was to symbolically cut an imaginary umbilical cord that she felt existed between her and her mother. The intrinsic connection to one’s mother is explored through the ocean, the salt water evoking the fluids of the womb and the seaweed the umbilical cord.