Motherhood

CURRENT WORK

This series of collages are small meditations on motherhood, past experiences, and the current political climate. Each work is a graphically composed paper-pieced collage on a board cut into a 3” x 5” rectangle. The small surface allows me to be agile and instinctual when I create my collages. The paper pieces are selected by the color palette, design and Roland Barthes’ theory of punctum. The text is from the British art history book, “The Second Annual Volume of the Walpole Society: 1912-1913.” When a piece includes copy, the viewer must rely on the its storytelling component to comprehend the collage’s context. This body of work is inspired by the graphically pleasing and contextually heavy work of Barbara Kruger, the Femmage works of Miriam Schapiro, and the contemporary paint palettes of painters Heather Day and Jessica Brilli. Once complete, the collage is photographed, edited, and refined. The finished product is a 14” x 8.4” print that is mounted on foam core and hung by a French cleat. This work will continue to be an exploration of the varying aspects personal and societal issues as becoming a mother has influenced the way I interpret my childhood, past experiences, and the world today.

Passed Into Alien Hands

Passed Into Alien Hands

Position to Patronize

Position to Patronize

A Peculiar Life

A Peculiar Life

Not Unnatural to Imagine

Not Unnatural to Imagine

Piecing the Fragments Together

Piecing the Fragments Together

Systematic Examination

Systematic Examination

Influence

Influence

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Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness

Challange

Challange

If I Could Walk

If I Could Walk

Zilch

Zilch

Preservation

Preservation

Youthful Figure

Youthful Figure

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

THE BODY CONFIDENCE PROJECT

The Body Confidence Project series explores women and their level of acceptance with their bodies. Women spend so much time and energy struggling with body image. I wanted to create a series that could be a platform of celebration of the female body. Through the creation of this series I learned a lot about feminism, and the portrayal of the women's bodies in art. All of the images were shot with a 4x5 Field Camera, the negatives hand developed and scanned in with an Imacon Negative Scanner for editing.  

Beth

Beth

Beth: Legs

Beth: Legs

Jenn

Jenn

Jenn: Torso

Jenn: Torso

Erin

Erin

Erin: Stomach

Erin: Stomach