CANADA COVID PORTRAIT

A portrait from Caesura is included in Portraits in COVID Time:Documenting a Nation in Change, at Harbourfront Centre.  This outdoor installation was created by the team at Canada COVID Portrait and will run from November 23, 2020 to Spring 2021!

From Canada COVID Portrait: Since April 2020, we have received more than 5000 photographs from across the country documenting this pandemic time. The images featured in this exhibition, titled ‘Portraits in COVID Time: Documenting a Nation in Change’, show how Canadians are living through this transformative period in history. The exhibition touches on all aspects of our changed lives – family, work, leisure, sports, culture, religion, celebrations, health, transportation and political engagement. Each photograph speaks to the ingenuity, kindness, grief, humour, hope and creativity that have emerged from our shared pandemic experience.

Left: Installation View, Portraits in COVID Time: Documenting a Nation in Change, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, CA
Right: Untitled, from Caesura, 2020


Mothers' Days Chorus

Honoured to have my experience included in Lenka Clayton’s Mothers’ Days Chorus. The artwork is on display until March 2021 as part of Upkeep, Everyday Strategies of Care at the Arts Club of Chicago.

Mothers’ Days Chorus -  Audio / 2h48m / 2020
Recorded over the telephone during the global pandemic, 14 women from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, England, Germany, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, Spain and across the US read their 'Mothers’ Days' accounts, one year after first writing them.

The voices are edited together in chronological order, creating a collective chorus of the invisible details of an ordinary Monday, broadcast throughout the gallery.

Readers: Fi Bailey, Joie Chan, Magdalena Edwards, Jelena Grujičić, Katie, Jennifer Long, Rachel McDonnell, Rachel Moodie, Catherine Mueller, Agnieszka Olszewska, Candace Jane Opper, Sofía Roncero, Carly Schmitt and Jenny Weir.

Left:  Arts Club of Chicago installation view
Right: Selection of my reading

Thank you Toronto Arts Council

The Caesura series has been selected for a 2020 Level Two, Visual Artist Grant through the Toronto Arts Council.

The funds from this grant will support the next stage of development for Caesura. Using large format, digital and instant photography, I will combine portraits, still lives, and photos from my archive to produce sequenced pieces and individual images. By bringing these components together, I’m interested in creating a hybrid-memory, one that recreates elements of my past, while  concurrently capturing the moments that unfold before me as a mother. The ambiguous narratives created will omit  the build up and undoing of the moments shown and be as fragmented as memory. I  see these as ordinary and fleeting scenes, brought together to reflect on  intergenerational experience, the meaning of history, and familial understanding.  At the forefront of this project is the need to make space for my ever-changing outlook of being a  mother and an artist. 

Thank you Canada Council for the Arts 

Caesura has been selected for 2020-2021 Research and Creation support from Canada Council for the Arts.  

From the Latin word to describe a pause or break within a poetic verse, Caesura examines the complicated framework of the mother-daughter relationship and its connection to memory. Through the process of raising two young girls, I catch glimpses of my own girlhood mirrored back at me through their actions. Moved by the quality of light, a texture or situation, I am at once transported back to specific moments in time. These “recalls” lead me to question the veracity of what I remember. This is complicated by the past meeting the present as my memories are reflected in my daughters’ gestures and actions. As an artist I bare witness to the mother-daughter relationship as it evolves, one that has moved from complete dependence on me as a mother to this newer semi-autonomous state of being. There is a pause in the middle of the line and that line is flowing from me through to my daughters. At a certain point my children will no longer be attached to me in the same way that they were when they were younger.The pause is growing longer and Caesura is a way to explore these inevitable changes and the texture of the time within them. While I gather observations of every day life, I have come to recognize that quotidian moments hold pivotal revelations – ones that deserve to be fixed into a record of this period in my life. 

Selections from Caesura included in  HOME-WORKS, Artists / Mothers in Quarantine 

Designed to mimic a school homework jotter, the Home-works Zine brings together the work of 33 Spilt Milk artists produced during the first months of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Located on different parts of the globe with varying degrees of ‘Stay at Home’ orders, these artists were united in quarantine. They were united in capturing this unique moment of time through the lens of an artist and mother during a global crisis.

Home-works brings forth these reflections and questions; in this new world order which has legitimised working from home, will the work of mothers finally be recognised?

The zine is a gorgeous 40 pages printed on bright white 90gm newsprint, measuring 25cm x 17cm and limited to 300 copies.

Profits from the zine will go toward Spilt Milk's 2021 exhibition programme supporting artist/mothers and for every copy sold, £1 will be invested into our childcare fund!

Featured Artists: Emily Zarse, Jennifer Long, Jennifer Georgescu, Isabelle Zumbrink, Olivia de Fleuriot Perry, Anna Grevenitis, Suzanne Schireson, F. Maria Velasco, Megan Driving Hawk, Rebecca Livesy-Wright, Martha Orbach, Crystal Ann Brown, Catherine Reinhart, Lee Nowell-Wilson, Guadalupe Aldrete, Victoria Smits, Lauren McLaughlin, Lynsey Watson, Gina Lundy, Sarah Irvin, Carole Loeffler, Sarah Dolan, Dawn Yow, Emi Avora, Josie McCoy, Kasey Jones, Nuala Herron, KimyiBo, Lisa Evans, Brooke Bowen, Rebecca Potts, Jill Skulina, Lisa Alberts.

OpenWalls Arles & Birth Rights Collection

Untitled, 2013 (Nobby) from Imminent  has been selected for exhibition at OpenWalls Arles and will be on display at Galerie Huit Arles from June 26th to September 5th, 2020.  This image has also been shortlisted for the Birth Rites Biennial Competition for New Works: 2020.  The artwork will be premiered on Thursday 9th July at 7.30pm (British Summer Time) alongside 14 other artists' work during the Birth Rites Collection Summer School as an open online screening, free to attend via ZOOM and VIMEO.   For more details visit www.birthritescollection.org.uk

The Imminent series was created with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


Artist Parent Index

So pleased to have my work alongside so many amazing artists, publications, exhibitions and resources:

The Artist Parent Index collects information related to the visual art discourse around reproduction and parenting and organizes the details in an online searchable database. The site is a research tool for students, artists, educators, curators, and the general public.

As a repository for knowledge about the variety of art and curatorial practices pursuing these topics, the Index provides a platform for subject matter that has been historically marginalized within the canon of art history. By connecting the general public directly to the artists on the site and providing research support for exhibits and publications, the project increases public understandings of the subjective experiences surrounding reproduction and raising children.

Founder: Sara Irvin
Contributing Researcher: Sarah Dolan

MOTHERS' DAY

My writing has been included in ‘Mothers’ Days’, a project by Lenka Clayton @lenkaclaytonstudio.  This publication composes the accounts of 82 artist mothers on what unfolded in their day on July 15, 2019.  The book will be debuted in Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020’the inaugural exhibition of the new University Art  Museum at New Mexico State University. It will open on February 28, 2020 and remain on view until May 28, 2020. 

Mothers’ Days / photo: Phillip Andrew Lewis / design Brett Yasko / project by Lenka Clayton / texts by Agnieszka, Aldrete, Guadalupe, Anonymous, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh, Amy Beeston, Araidia Blackburn, Elena Blythe, Brittany Bond, Joanna Bond, Bonnie, Susan Bradley Smith, Luisa Callegari, Catherine, Joie Chan, Mya Cluff, Danka, Jessica Delfino, Sarah Dolan, Jen Donnery, Magdalena Edwards, Stephanie Edwards, Grace, Meagan Grant, Jelena Grujičić, Ariel Hall, Nicole Haroutunian, Heather, Helen, Corrie Hosking, Rachel Johnston, Janie Julien-Fort, Sarah Kain Gutowski, Katie, Rachel Kerwin, Jessica Kneipp, Lauren, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Lisa, Lisa, Jennifer Long, Patti Maciesz, Rachel Maggart, Taylor Mardis Katz, Chloë Marsden, Jennifer McCandless, Rachel McDonnell, Sara McNeilly Ammon, Amanda Mehl West, Rachel Moodie, Jessica Mueller, Dr. Emily O’Hara, Candace Jane Opper, Jenny Pritchett, Ramona, Georgina Reskala, Rita, Sofía Roncero, Rosalie, Sally, Sarah, Hanna Schaer, Carly Schmitt, Laurie Schram, Bérénice Staiger, Donna Szoke, Alyson Thomas, Corrie Thompson, Jenny Weir, Caprice White, Amanda Wood, Shiori Yajima.

Members Q & A

Thanks to Lauren McLaughlin at Spilt Milk for the Q & A blog post. It was a lovely chance reflect on my process and community.


Gallery One, St Margarets House, Edinburgh

Selections from Caesura will be on exhibition as part of re: birth: Spilt Milk Members Show, curated by Lauren McLaughlin September 28 - October 13, 2019. Spilt Milk is an artist-lead social enterprise based in Scotland whose mission is to promote the work of artists who are mothers.


Flow Photo Festival, Inverness

A selection from the Imminent series will be on display at Highland Print Studio, Inverness, Scotland as part of FLOW Photofest. FLOW Photofest is an international festival celebrating photography in all its forms held biennially across the north of Scotland. The festival will launch in Inverness and the North of Scotland in September 2019 and will comprise exhibitions, talks, films and workshops on the theme of BORDERS.


PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont

Work from Caesura, selected by HuffPost Photo Director Christy Havranek, is on display at PhotoPlace Gallery's . The Being Human exhibition runs August 15 to September 7, 2019.


Thank you Ontario Arts Council!

I’m pleased to announce that I have received a Mid-Career, Visual Artists Creation Project Grant from the Ontario Arts Council to develop Caesura.

Caesura (a Latin word to describe a pause or break within a poetic verse) examines the dichotomy between the mirroring and the assertion of self that I witness between my daughters and myself. As my children move through girlhood, I see their social development evolve through their interactions with one another, peers and adults. I am intrigued by the subtle details in these casual exchanges: the awkward pauses, the self-conscious yet self-aware body language, and an indifference to personal space. Inspired by observations of childhood growth, Caesura will create dialogue on topics of autonomy, intergenerational experience, and intimacy.

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