Monthly Archives: February 2014

February teaching, working, planning, writing, thinking Mother:Artist

It  has been a very busy month. I’ve had an intense intensive teaching week at Newlyn School of Art, which went really well. I was teaching a workshop on drawing meanings, methods and materials. The next one there will be in August. Here are some photos of the work made…

One of the students, Jo Gorman, with her work

One of the students, Jo Gorman, with her work

 

Natasha Gomperts with her work

Natasha Gomperts with her work

and some life drawings….

teaching life class, wet into wet...

teaching life class, wet into wet…

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I have also been working on new pieces for my show in Edinburgh, and getting excited about my journey to York to install my work there.

 

Mother Artist

Rebecca Baillie has invitied me to submit work, and thoughts, responses to questions, for her show on perceptions of motherhood due to be shown in london at the APT Gallery later this year.

Here are some of my thoughts on the Artist as Mother, Mother as Artist:

 1. To me the term and concept ‘maternal’ implies the womb,bringing to birth, nurturing, being watched over, warmth, warm colours, red, but also white; being able to speak the language of trust, intuition, empathy.

2. Notions of ‘the maternal’ are made visible in my work in various ways: through the warm earthy colours I use; through the forms, the arcs of embrace and protection…

3. ‘Mother artists’ to me are those who are able to display certain characteristics; maybe true mother artists don’t achieve fame or recognition, there is a humility which goes with it, the absence of ego, wisdom, strongly centred and grounded within themselves. A mother artist would pay attention to nurturing her own creativity and she may also pay attention to nurturing the creativity in others – the mother artist teacher.

4. ‘Children’ might not be human offspring, but animals, works of art, thoughts and actions shared, the nurturing of nature. A mother artist would hold a space, the being, void, to allow the becoming…she is the generative space, her energy the generative energy…

Becoming a mother has deepened my sense of being alive and my son is one of the most joyful aspects of my life.

5. Yes I do see myself as a ‘mother artist’. All my works are birthed in a bodily way, always felt first inside my body in a deep and inchoate way.

 

 

It  has been a very busy month. I’ve had an intense intensive teaching week at Newlyn School of Art, which went really well. I was teaching a workshop on drawing meanings, methods and materials. The next one there will be in August. Here are some photos of the work made…   and some life drawings……. Read more »

February 2014 Innsbruck….

I returned two days ago from the Minding Animals International Conference, held at the University of Innsbruck (Feb 6 – 8th). I met many very interesting and well-informed people. I enjoyed learning about the dingo, but I was sad and shocked to hear of all the animals who die pressed against the so-called rabbit proof fence, in their efforts to reach water in Southern Australia. Learning about veterinary science in ancient Mesopotamia was also fascinating, and lovely to see the ancient carved tablets which bequeath us this information.

Innsbruck itself is reached by a slightly hairy plane ride in between enormous mountain peaks. The airport is tiny compared to Gatwick. The city seemed quiet, with little traffic, few tourists, and generally an atmosphere of calm.

By the river Inn

By the river Inn

I gave two talks/workshops focusing on the animals human relationship and in particular what animals have taught me. I spoke about my mare and what she taught me about motherhood. I spoke at some length about my show at Newlyn Art Gallery, and about what we can learn from entering into a conversation with Nature. I asked the people in the audience to reflect on events in their lives where animals had been significant, and to consider what they had learned. I spoke about my work really at its heart being about close attention, affection, and nurturing.

Talking about being 'cooked' in the belly of the mare.. about having one's cells brought to a state of peace, protection, and high attention

Talking about being ‘cooked’ in the belly of the mare.. about having one’s cells brought to a state of peace, protection, and high attention

 

speaking about what we share with animals

speaking about what we share with animals

 

speaking about my dream of the skin-gift

speaking about my dream of the skin-gift

 

discussing Goethe, and how deer appear

discussing Goethe, and how deer appear

 

speaking about Rilke's poem about animals having a different state of consciousness to ours'

speaking about Rilke’s poem about animals having a different state of consciousness to ours’

 

After I had given my talks I visited the mountain foothills and had a wonderful time exploring the snow-clad forests. It was beautiful, I loved it.

Entering the forest above Mutters

Entering the forest above Mutters

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 seed head with snow cap

seed head with snow cap

Tree made soft, made creaturely

Tree made soft, made creaturely

More soon on my visit to the Tiroler Folk Museum, which was amazing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I returned two days ago from the Minding Animals International Conference, held at the University of Innsbruck (Feb 6 – 8th). I met many very interesting and well-informed people. I enjoyed learning about the dingo, but I was sad and shocked to hear of all the animals who die pressed against the so-called rabbit proof… Read more »