In the years that I have been developing a relationship with my birth mother I have frequently asked to meet and know her children – my siblings.
This has been refused - there is fear of reprisals and dischord within her family.
I have respected this but was hurt for many years.
As the years pass I am questioning this: I have a family and my own life. And given the circumstances of my birth – well, it’s a question that I don’t feel I have the right to ask.
Adoption is complicated and bittersweet.
The four tulips represent myself and my siblings. The tiny bud represents the child my birth mother said she wanted to adopt once, to replace me.
Pink tulips symbolise care. I'm learning to care more about my mother's feelings than push for my own gratification - Gabby Malpas
Watercolour and Pencil on Arches Paper
97 x 77 cm (White Frame)
$300 per month*