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 original 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).