In my work I use my maternal body as a site for exploring the intense physical, emotional, and psychological interdependence of the mother-child relationship. Through the often-converging mediums of performance, photography, video, and the discipline of mothering, each piece is an investigation of maternal anxiety, ambivalence, the shifting powers dynamic of the mother-child relationship, and prevailing notions of what being a “good” mother is.
My process often involves relinquishing varying degrees of control in experimental, collaborative, and performative scenarios with my children that are a mixture of spontaneous and planned actions. I employ the conventional language of image-making in family life to take on taboos and deconstruct the familiar, which enables the viewer to analyze their own preconceived notions about the maternal experience. I use a wide range of tools to create my work including cell phone photography and video because of its ubiquitous place in our culture as a virtual extension of the human body, as well as a reference to the manner in which cell phones are used to record mundane and deeply intimate aspects of daily lived experience. I also employ humor in the work to play with the persona of the mother and take on reductive stereotypical views of how mothers and their children co-exist and relate to each other. Through the acceptance of uncertainty and reliance on adapting to the moment, my art practice is one of tempting failure and embracing vulnerability as a mother, and as an artist.