Art & Motherhood
When I began Art and Motherhood, the goal was two-fold: 1) to question the visual portrayal of motherhood, and 2) to encourage a community conversation about the myths and realities of motherhood. Every day for one year I made, edited, and uploaded a photograph for discussion to my website. By committing to this rigid, demanding photographic schedule, I mimic the rigid, demanding schedule of motherhood, allowing me to document a year of complex thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
First, I wanted to take back the idea of motherhood that I felt had been visually imposed upon me: the archetype of the eternally joyful and fulfilled mother whose life is completed through the care of her children. I wanted to create a visual reminder that both hardship and joy are valid, that to admit a conflicting experience is permissible.
The photographs in this body of work approach motherhood through ideas, feelings, stereotypes, and documentation. I hope the vulnerability that comes from using my own life and family as a backdrop results in photographs that become less about the individual experience and more about something greater and universal.