Artist Residency in Motherhood
In common with all new parents, the birth of my first child in 2019 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, unless they have an abundance of resources and support, with even less opportunities for those who are parents to children with special needs. 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, accessibility, and general upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my work, rather than try to work “despite” it.
I'm so incredibly proud to join so many ARIM's as we continue to navigate motherhood and creativity.