This fall I’m undertaking an Artist Residency in Motherhood! ARiM is a self-directed, open-source artist residency to empower and inspire artists who are also mothers. An Artist Residency in Motherhood is the reframing of parenthood as a valuable site for creative practice, rather than an obstruction to be overcome. The residency takes place entirely inside your own home and everyday life. Participants develop their own residency goals and specifications, submit their proposal to ARiM, and then get started!
The dates of my residency are September 1-November 15, 2021. My goals include 1) adapting to a new studio schedule, 2) encouraging greater mindfulness while working, 3) a small series of studio visits, 4) preparing my art practice for the arrival of my daughter in December, and 5) documenting the residency in a studio journal. I’ll post my studio work on Instagram 1-2 times per week along with the hashtag #artistresidencyinmotherhood.
For my ARiM proposal I also wrote a short manifesto, part of which is included below:
My work has long revolved around seeking the sublime in everyday experiences. Becoming a mother two years ago gave me a wealth of inspiration and drive in this pursuit. I want my life, a little bit each day, to express the creative interplay of mothering and art-making. I don’t want to sugarcoat the challenges in being a parent -- its limitations, anxieties, and more -- but I want to pursue a fruitful interweaving of my maternal and creative life spheres.
During my residency, my primary goal is to maintain what is already working well in my studio practice and make the most of these few months before my daughter’s birth, and also prepare in a realistic, flexible way for the months after her arrival. I also want to grow in areas that need it – in confidence, self-compassion, and greater mindfulness and productivity in the studio. I feel a need for more community and mentorship, which I’ll seek in a more prioritized way during the residency.