Projects > Motherwork

Motherwork documents informal collaborations with my son as well as playful, self-reflective studies on mothering, home-making, caring and imagining, and sketches for future projects. It was undertaken as part of an Artist Residency in Motherhood and overlaps with other projects like the Arctic Circle, In the Woods and the Arts Territory Exchange.

Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking (1995) was foundational - essentially, the theory of motherhood as a practice - whose meaning I extended to include creative practice. Among other texts, I've drawn particular inspiration from 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).

Mother and child
Photo magnet
10 x 15 cm
2019
Arctic circle tree theory
Crayon, acrylic paint, photographs, kraft paper
2019
In the woods
Ink on paper
2019
Moonbook
Pencil, Moleskine booklet
2016
Kintsugi
Porcelain, clay, chardon bleu des pyrénées
2019
Galerie de la porte blindée
Installation, mixed media
2019
Eggs
Clamshell, clay spheres
2018
Making
2015
7 Days
Coffee on watercolor paper
2019
Castle
Needlepoint
2019
Poppy
2017
Leaf
Embroidery on tee-shirt
2016
Child's cup
Engraved silver
2019
Shells
2019
Tree theory
Photographs
2019
Moon (192 nights)
192 pairs of silicone earplugs
2019