Soñar Madre (Mothers Dreams) is a body of work produced by Kerry Payne and Natalie Grono: friends, seekers, artists, alchemists, separated by 30,000 miles but continually inspired by one another as women and artists.
In Soñar Madre they have collaborated on Motherhood, from two perspectives. Natalie, mother to two beautiful daughters. Kerry, who learned motherhood is an impossible dream.
The images blended show the menstrual blood that defies one, every twenty-eighth day, in a bloody emotional battle of hope and loss; and the children, birthed in water, raised by the sea, that delight and inspire the other, day after day after day.
An example of how a body of work need never been ‘done’, Soñar Madre has divided roots…. New York and Australia; an earlier project, and an ongoing personal documentation. Inspired by Kerry Payne Stailey’s “The Children (I Never Had)”, originally published on Burn in June, 2014, the inclusion of the evocative and mystical images of the children of Natalie Grono has enabled two artists with distinctly unique visions to jointly produce an entirely new body of work.
Long ago you were a dream.
in a storming pool of blood,
yours and mine.
We were born, reborn,
You, to this world.
Me, as mother.
The flesh of my flesh. The breath of my breath. The dream of my dream.
Long ago you were not a dream.
I was not called to be a mother
all the years I might have been.
Then there was him,
our longing was born,
but nothing more.
Calendars turn, battle of wills
forgive me, love
this body has won.
So quietly we grieve
the babies I bleed.
For our mothers, your mothers, and theirs.
Believing we are surrounded by beauty and magic everyday, Natalie Grono’s photographic storytelling powerfully transports the viewer into her wonderful world as she shares the stories and moments she encounters along the way. With her award winning photojournalistic background shooting for magazines and newspapers, Natalie’s images are regularly published and exhibited worldwide. Natalie lives close to a beautiful beach in Australia and travels as much as she can.
Kerry Payne Stailey is an Australian photographer based in New York City. She is drawn to the healing power of photography – a tool she uses for exploring and acknowledging emotions as guides to the path of happiness. Kerry has studied photography, documentary film making and writing at the International Center for Photography, School of Visual Arts, and New York University. She is a Snr Fellow of the United Nations Foundation Instacorp, and her images and projects have been published and exhibited widely worldwide.