Four Mothers – Skin, Torso, Teat & Face

Körperreflexionen frühkindlicher Beziehungserfahrungen für eine bewusste Stressregulierung bei Erwachsenen / Body reflections of early childhood relational experiences for conscious stress regulation in adults

Sophia Stoewer

April / April - 2021

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe



Sophia Stoewer's diploma work "Four Mothers" examines early childhood strategies for coping with stress in order to make them fruitful in everyday life for adults. The resulting objects are tools that expand the own, already existing pool of strategies for stress management: A super heavy blanket simulates skin-like body pressure; a rhythmically purring torso-shaped arm holds your body and regulates the frequency of your heart beat; four different jewelries motivate sucking and thus stimulate the parasympathic nervous system; a mirror shows you always a bit happier than you actually are, making you embrace your rather positive minded self. While the figure of the mother functions as a symbol for a primary caregiver, associated with a feeling of security and a feeling of belonging, "Four Mothers" provokes questions about care work, affection and intimacy in times of physical distancing, digitalization and virtualization.