I’m excited to announce that I will be starting an Artist Residency in Motherhood on June 19, 2016, my son’s 5th birthday.
In common with all new parents, the birth of my first child in June 19th 2011 changed many things in my life. One of those changes has been the way I (and others) think about my career as an artist. I find now that many aspects of the professional art world are closed to artists with families. Most prestigious artist residencies for example specifically exclude families from attending. Despite a legacy of public artist/parents it still seems to be a commonly held belief that being an engaged mother and serious artist are mutually exclusive endeavors. I don’t believe or want to perpetrate this. I like to imagine the two roles not as competing directions but to view them, force them gently if necessary, to inform one another.
I will undergo this self-imposed artist residency in order to fully experience and explore the fragmented focus, nap-length studio time, limited movement and resources and general upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my work, rather than try to work “despite” it.
For more information about an ARiM visit artistresidencyinmotherhood.com