Motherwork documents informal collaborations I’ve undertaken with my son as well as self-reflective notes on “motherhood,” “home,” and "making/building," and sketches for future projects. It was undertaken as part of an Artist Residency in Motherhood and also includes correspondence between Icelandic artist-mother Kristin Scheving and me as part of the concurrent Arts Territory Exchange.
Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking (1995) is foundational here - the theory of motherhood as a practice. I also draw inspiration from Martin Heidegger’s essay, “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” (translated into English in 1971) and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space (1958). Additionally, I find Gianfranco Baruchello's and Henry Martin's How to Imagine: a narrative on art and agriculture (1983) - namely, its emphasis on art in the everyday world - to be illuminative: "We always had the idea of using all the objective things around us, the objects we have, things in general, the spaces at our disposal, the outdoors around us, we always had the idea of using this all for, well, it's hard to say, some sort of theater, a life. Poetry" (29).
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