Projects > Motherwork

Motherwork documents informal collaborations I’ve undertaken with my son as well as self-reflective studies on “mothering,” “home-making,” "caring" and "imagining," and sketches for future projects. It was originally undertaken as part of an Artist Residency in Motherhood.

Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking (1995) has been foundational - essentially, the theory of motherhood as a practice - whose original meaning I've 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).

Shells
2019
Home
2017
Beans
2017
View
2017
Puzzle
Ink, cardboard
2019
Poppy
Pencil, Moleskine booklet
2017
Pot
Clay
2016
Nature bracelet
Masking tape, leaves, flowers, grass
2016
Moonbook
Pencil, Moleskine booklet
2016
Zine
Ink, watercolor, paper
2016
Making
2015
Ladder
2016
Pink on Wall
Play-doh
2016
Eggs
Clamshell, clay spheres
2018
Leaf
Embroidery on tee-shirt
2016
Vessels
Clay, crayon, paper
2018
Laugh
Letterpress print on napkin and envelope