This week in the Artist Residency in Motherhood I have been working with nets, making and sculpting with paper and feeling generally directionless.
My county is moving into Phase I of reopening the economy today. This brings the same level of uncertainty to my mind as the closing of schools did in March. I was privileged to have appreciated being paused. Now I am trying to remember what I was doing before March 16th and possibly reevaluating those goals.
But with certainty I can say, until my daughter returns to school I will be here full time mothering and making art.
From the Residency Studio this week…
WIP, homemade copper ink on paper
WIP, mud dyed yarn net as a cobweb in the kitchen
Experimenting with ways to display my foraged clay vessels.
Paper bead experiment. With dryer lint, studio paper scraps and my mothers t-shirts.
We have also worked on other projects that have not been shared including building sculptures in our front yard on a busy street with items from inside our home. Will post pictures soon!
These are my moments of letting go- I am not naturally a very playful person.
I am maintaining control in the small moments through a stitch diary, handmade paper and meticulous grids. In these activities I am working with the debris of the domestic.
I am paring down my rituals and focusing on what my daughter and I really enjoy.
When I am with my daughter we will continue our mapping and sculpture games as well as invent more games and new ways of interacting with each other and the world around us.
When I have alone time I will be focusing on my stitch journal featuring hand dyed cloth and thread and depicting domestic movements. I will also start work on a larger Body of Work piece involving mud dyeing, knitting and scrubbing. The third and final focus will be on small works on paper- grids and dryer lint paper- that I will be posting for sale soon!
Now that is a lot to do! So I am paring down my residency blog to just once per week on Fridays.
This week I have experimented with embedding objects and adding stitching to dryer lint paper.