New essay in the works

13 06 2011

While my Berlin research has been nearly all-consuming, I am glad for occasional reminders of other topics that I wish to pursue as well. This week I received the good news that my proposed essay will be included in Amanda Richey’s volume, Mothering and Literacies (forthcoming 2013). I will, I propose, explore the visual literacies of mothering that run throughout my own artwork. In exploring issues of mothering and the maternal body, I work against a narrow and essentialist historical construction of motherhood in visual art that often defines the mother as an idealized and self-sacrificial figure. While writing about my own work seems a bit of a daunting proposition, I do welcome the chance to push myself to think further about the ways in which I bring the maternal to the fore in critical, challenging, and unsentimental ways.

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