The time has come to talk about Greetings From Motherland, an art project that I've been involved with for the past few months.
GFM is the conceptual/project baby of Mindy Stricke, an artist from Toronto who is visiting Our-Fair-Madison for a year. She's a community artist, pulling people together to make participatory, interactive art about collective experience. This project is about womans transition into motherhood. In her own words:
"After I gave birth to my daughter... I felt as if I had landed in a foreign country that I had only seen in glossy brochures. Publicly, I was expected to navigate ‘Motherland’ with ease and allowed to express only joy, while privately my acclimation was sometimes overwhelming and isolating....as an artist, I came across few unsentimental representations of this new landscape. It seemed that by the time women have the energy to make honest art about the full range of experiences of new motherhood, they’ve blocked a lot of it out."
And so in the thick of this early motherhood period, we meet. We gather as artists, as mamas, as women. Each Monday we get together to brainstorm, create, and commiserate. To unwell portions of this rich and, um, very textured experience. Not only do we make things together, but meeting shoves a little fuel into our personal fires; so sometimes we even manage to create things on our own again, at home, amidst the takeover of babyhood.
We are having a show of our outcomes on May 23rd, at the Goodman Community Center in Madison. I hope you'll mark your calendars; come celebrate with us.
I'll leave you with a few pictures I'm working on for the show...