Artwork > Motherhood Series

I have only recently decided to call myself an artist again. “Artist” was a primary feature of my identity until I became a mother four years ago. Since then, I, like many mothers, have felt a loss of identity in tandem with a lack of time and space. My recent body of work, the first artwork I’ve undertaken since 2016, is born out of the tension between the unrelenting urgency of mothering two small children, and the impossible-to-relent-to urgency of retaining my identity. These drawings were made in surreptitious fits-and-starts: the guiltily stolen moments of quiet and privacy between mothering duties. They are small works, made in an un-ideal studio (the tiny bedroom I requisitioned from my toddler), and in media whose language I have yet to master. They are images from moments overwhelmed with spongy, sentimental love, but made in a rush tinged with resentment: the constant, jarring contradictions of motherhood.

Summer Son
Gouache and Colored Pencils on Paper
11x15 inches
2021
Doom Scroll
Colored Pencils and Gouache on Paper
14x10 inches
2021
TV Time
Gouache, Acrylic, and Colored Pencils on Paper
11x15 inches
2021
Belly Breather
Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper
5x7 inches
2021
Waiting for Cake
Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper
6x9 inches
2021
Mother
Colored Pencils and Gouache on Paper
10x14 inches
2021
Bather
Colored Pencils and Acrylic on Paper
6x9 inches
2021