mother naturalist

Mother Naturalist is a forthcoming installation, which will be located in San Pedro, California at South Bay Contemporary, opening on April 6, 2017. Originally conceived of as an exhibition about creating a childhood for my son, the struggle to manifest objects and sketches among dirty diapers, breast feeding and mushy peas has become a study in what it is to be an artist who has given birth--who now looks at my body, my materials, and space differently.

I have long used autobiographical experience as a catalyst for my work. Becoming a mom caused me to consider carefully how I would continue in my practice, which is part performance and part pseudo-anthropological experiment.  I have sought a tender balance in the use of real life documentation to avoid the commodification of my son. The result is a series of foraged portraits, partial views, and momentary captures.  I have created some of these through film/performance pieces and social media/branding experiements. The year's journey has been shared with two other artist mothers: Camilla Løhren Chmiel in Norway, and Megan Schvaneveldt in Montana, who each have a piece included in this exhibition.  Our dialogue resulted in a collaborative international exquisite corpse drawing that will be featured in the exhibit as well.