05/15/2020

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.

Paper making process

Studio Assistant

Thank you for following my ARIM journey!

04/06/2020

OK, some rules and structure need to be laid down.

Residency Hours:

And this is where I lay my forehead on my computer.

Time seems very fluid right now in these extraordinary circumstances. There are no beginnings and endings, there are just three people and two cats in a 500 square foot house.

Structure in any form is now completely reliant upon my individual will. This fact is both freeing and crippling. It’s that feeling when there is too much to watch on Netflix and you just keep scrolling for hours because you cannot decide. (This happens mostly to my partner, I have a harder time with 52 flavor ice cream shops.)

I acknowledge that I am extremely privileged that time and the decision of what to do with it is my biggest struggle in the global pandemic crisis experience. This brings about it’s own anxiety- what am I doing that is worthwhile? Am I using my position of privilege in the best way during this time I have?

So Residency Hours?

The studios (500 square foot house) are available to the residents 24/7.

They are open to the public via virtual documentation M-F 7am to 8pm.

There I did it! I exercised my will and created structure. Small victories are important folks.

Some photos of weekend studio progress…

Collaboration with Aeon: Creative Kids DIY video tutorial series, click the photo to view.

Note: This M-F morning blog post is a real time documentation of my thoughts on the Artist Residency in Motherhood that I am participating in during the COVID-19 lock downs.

To learn more about the Artist Residency in Motherhood visit Lenka Clayton’s site HERE.

Rituals of Motherhood

Every night I check if my daughter is breathing.

I put my hand up to her nose to feel her breath and reassure myself that I have kept her alive for one more day.

While I have always done this, as an Artist Resident in Motherhood I have decided to document it.

(As I write this my daughter is very calmly putting butterfly wings on me, instructing me where to put my arms between words.)

My documentation will be a nightly sketch of her nose and/or mouth in the dark.

My Mother Bear anxiety that compels me to check my daughter’s breath is heightened, as I am sure yours is, by the COVID-19 pandemic. In my postpartum period I had intense visions of terrible situations my daughter could be in and how I would save her. Situations like kidnapping, natural disasters, or zombie apocalypse. It could happen at any moment and was like a movie playing before my eyes. I called them my Mama Bear visions. This would often happen while I was walking with her strapped to my chest in a baby wrap and I would stop for a moment and when it passed I would just keep going.

In this real life Mama Bear vision that hasn’t ended yet I am paused and taking daily documentation of my child’s well being so that when it is over I can keep going.