My family is one of circumstance, a modern love triangle between me, my partner, and his mum; my Maori Mother-in-law. Three of us live in one tiny shoebox in the suburbs. There are cultural barriers, a generation gap, and gender wars within our shoebox home. But there is also love.
The relationship between Mother and son is an unbreakable life-long bond. They share a history and a home. I have entered the very private world of these two people and though I am a part of this family I am also an outsider. In this way I have a third party perspective into their personal relationship and their simple way of living. While there are feelings of tension, distance, and detachment, there are also moments that are warm and kind and cut through the stresses of everyday life making this family bond as relevant as any other.