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User Image joettamaue Posted: Sep 27, 2017 6:30 PM (UTC)

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All the #piles and #remnants around my house of #motherhood overwhelm me at times... Perhaps if I document them I will start to see their beauty.
My partner said what seemed to be a terrible thing in regards to my Instagram feed… We were discussing the role of Instagram and my work and he claimed "well isn't your feed just a mommy blog?" Speaking aloud what I most fear and am always concerned about. But if as an #artist you work from your #autobiography and you are a mother... How can your work remain truthful and not become about this role - at least partially ? Just one more question that comes up as I #searchformyway #artistresidencyinmotherhood #motherartist
  • I was thinking the same thing about my IG today. It is all so integral, why separate out separate parts of ourselves from others? Although sometimes you have to. Yes, lots of questions...

  • That was my first thought too. Women are forced to separate their professional selves from motherhood in order to be taken seriously. You immediately lose street cred if you mention it. The professional world is a man's world so there's little space for the maternal or even the feminine.

  • Is it hopeless can we make a change? Does it even matter? @lizardbreath11 @sarah_hemm

  • @joettamaue , I love this conversation so much. It's truly one to contemplate and every woman/artist/entrepreneur/maker does it differently. I decided a few years ago, personally, to include every part of my life as one. But to me, that goes with the yoga practice. All of it providing the lessons needed to teach me how to teach more. As an artist-artist I'm sure it's tricky. But I love your mama shares and I see it as part of your art and process. Love you!! Keep going and creating. And pushing the boundaries. And just being you!

  • @joettamaue I think there's a lot going on atm. A lot of groups feeling underrepresented are making noise these days. Will it change? Who knows? These times are definitely interesting though :)

  • There shouldn't be too much separation. We need more, not less, humanity. More reality, less reality SHOW.

  • He's wrong. Your feed is an artist's blog that features your children (often). The protagonist of your feed is not your children, or even you. It's light and all the places you find it. That's why I stay. I love your eye for light.

  • Has he ever seen a mommy blog? This is so clearly not that. I know that's not really the point here, but I feel like it's worth stating anyways.

  • I keep typing and deleting comments... i just agree with everything said above and if making impersonal work about abstraction is masculine and arty, making work about living and making life is something even more, MORE!

  • I do get this. I actually started a separate feed @drowningindomesticity and have a collection of work I’ve been quietly working on for two years but rarely share lest I look like I’m “bitching” or confuse people about everything else I’m doing. In retrospect I think it’s probably good to share it all, own the confusion and inquiry and piles...

  • Love all you commenting! I've thought of a separate feed myself @cassiacogger but in the end it just doesn't seem to make sense to me as currently I am embracing motherhood as a subject. I'm allowing it and exploring it- so it felt wrong and a hassle to literally separate them out. If my work wasn't autobiographical I probably would do that. But as is it just becomes confusing as to if I should edit myself? Or not include the more casual things? But then again I want the work to be about wholeness so I feel compelled to present that. So confusing.

  • True true @eileenishh pretty sure he's never seen one 🙄

  • It feels frustrating that we as women are asked to be professionals, amazing sacrificing mothers, hot sexy wives/partners, housekeepers and everything else but on top of it we are also asked to make sure one never leaks into another😳 @lizardbreath11 @jenn_hemm @jennpfalk

  • That means a lot to me. As in reality the light and dark of life is my muse.

  • Oh @aks_lak you are so right

  • I totally get this but also worry about how derogatory "mommy blog" is (for me as well). I know what the thing is that I've always wanted to avoid but at the same time what's so bad about a mommy blog really?

  • Also I'm 'bout to start my own arim so thanks for talking about this!

  • I would say there's nothing bad about a "mommy blog" I read them all the time to research gear or decide if I should really be freaking out about the red spot on her face. But I'd say there goal is never art- its audience is to moms. As an artist you're never (ideally) just communicating to one audience. But to a greater group. A mommy blog is about sharing information and creating community about being a mom of young kiddos. As an artist I'm trying to use motherhood as a muse to speak about more then only motherhood. So the fact that everything I do can just seemingly be compartmentilized as "mommy" frustrates & disappoints me. It was more about how stigmatizing motherhood is then issue with the terminology he used. But you do bring up one more layer of that stigmatization in how mommy blogs are in general trivialized by society and men. So much to think about @antelopist

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