ANNOUNCEMENT: AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCY IN RESIDENCE 2020
For 30 days beginning April 1, 2020 the boundaries of my home, yard, socially distant walks and outdoor exercises (as well as time spent with my family) will be the container of my artist in residency in residence.
I will explore the day-to-day in this isolation and create a series of photographic work to be called "the new familiar."
Inspired by my work in Alyson Aliano’s Photographing the Familiar class at UCLA. I will share select pieces of my work from her class as they relate to re-familiarizing myself with my place of residence and create new work that explores this unique time capsule of isolation.
Today, my county in Missouri begins a stay at home order. My family has been living that way already for a couple of weeks in preparation for these rules as the pandemic started reaching around the United States. And I am blessed to have a job that could send most of the employees home and I can do all of my work remotely. It is a massive shift for me to be at home so much -- I have worked a full time+ job since my son was six months old. Time is full now for sure! While it is profound and meaningful to be at home, dedicated more intensely and acutely to the protection of and provision for my family, community and world, let's all agree that it comes with another, exhausting emotional layer. I have family in Italy. Dear friends in New York, California, Illinois and so many places. Every day somewhere, someone is affected. Each of us connected wherever we are.
We are all going through so much right now, individually and together as a world. In so many cases, Stay at home moms (SAHM) and dads are inundated with new routines, homeschooling set-ups, cooking/sleep schedules and remote working partners now that so, so many of us have been given the stay at home orders. It's overwhelming and it's a challenge.
I am thinking about what I can do from my home to reach out and extend my love, support and energy to us all. motherwork is about knowing, sharing and telling - our experiences, ideas, lessons learned and resources. I didn’t know what this “project” would become when I started it, I just knew that I needed to start it.
Just this month I found some footing with researching artists and projects and started building up relationships and opportunities to put together some community screenings of documentary films related to motherwork. Those events are on hold of course, but the reconnecting and reinvigorating of motherwork.org as a potential resource hub is still in the works. I have started updating the site and will be continuously adding to it, with posts, ideas, calls for entry and other ways for us to connect, create and share.
Please visit the Resources page and send any comments or information that you feel could be added. I’m spending quite a bit of time on Instagram these days: find me @mother.work.
Stay home, be well and love each other.
p.s. If you have a sewing machine and skills, make some masks with this handy pattern from STATE the label
I was recently gifted this art book by my mother, an artist herself who thought it would be relevant to my motherwork exploration. I dived right in and found Meinrad Craidhead to be a deep and amazing artist. I researched more and found a documentary was produced about her and her artworks. I'm in talks with the filmmaker, Amy Kellum about setting up community screening here in Columbia, Missouri. This event planning will have to wait a bit until we're through this virus crisis, but in the meantime I will be happily posting more here about this project and other motherwork offerings. Stay tuned and stay healthy!