My name is Lee Nowell-Wilson and I am a visual artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. I have the opportunity to participate in a week long artist residency with MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Residency in Toronto, Canada this summer! At this residency, I will be creating a series of drawings that document the postpartum body and experience. I would love for you to be a part in making this adventure possible! Please watch my video here on Kickstarter to hear more about my heart for the project - and you can read below the "artsy nice way" I proposed it and talk about it when sitting down to write (who else feels better in writing sometimes? And then other times written words fail - yea, weird.)
Here we are!..
..Through large scale drawings, paintings and installation, Nowell-Wilson’s work explores weight, movement and the wrestling complexities within the maternal relationship. Using a combination of realistically rendered figures and abstract mark making, her work incorporates humor and universal benign experiences as a way to investigate the often unspoken emotional undertones of maternity; she often interacts with average objects, such as laundry and fabric to portray metaphors of anxiety, physical stretching and one's mental capacity. Nowell-Wilson’s process also often involves abstracting and deconstructing line within each piece in an effort to grapple with the formless, occasionally incoherent navigation of these metaphors. All of this is done with hopes to pull back the curtain of her own experience and invite raw conversation around maternal realities.
For her time at Mothra Artist Parent Residency, Nowell-Wilson will expand upon a photo project created at the beginning of January 2019. This photo project investigated movement and stretching within the pregnant body. Using straightforward methods of documentation, it was meant to record pregnancy the second time around: more stretching, more aches, more letdown, heavier weight. Since the Mothra Artist Parent Residency will occur after giving birth, Nowell-Wilson aims to use the residency as a chance to document the postpartum body - a physical reality left undocumented after her first birth experience. This project, tentatively titled "Spilt Milk", will take the form of photography and large scale drawings on both paper and silk, in an effort to use the nature of each medium to capture a specific sensitivity. Movement, flux, transparency, the tangible, soft and aggressive mark making, all being the elements Nowell-Wilson wants to play with.
The final goal of this project is to present a new body of work that continues to openly divulge topics often un-discussed in the art world: relationship, growing pains, identity and movement within the realms of motherhood. The concurrent creation of art and child is vital to the success of “Spilt Milk”. The nature of the materials Nowell-Wilson intends to use is also reflective of the demands of her current state of navigating early motherhood within the arts industry. That is why Mothra Artist Parent Residency is an ideal set-up for the creation of this work. To create the work while situated next to her children, while discussing the creative maternal instinct with others in the community, and literally capturing the demands of flexibility while experiencing it.
Risks and challenges
Some risks and challenges include the overall tension of pushing a career forward while raising children. In all honesty, Christian and I can't sacrifice me doing this without your support. And it feels weird, guilt inducing almost, to raise money to create art projects while there is always demands of practical life-expenses (the "worth it" platform is hard to stand on sometimes). But it is worth it, because life isn't all about bills. Art creates culture. Doing this as a community (the "this" being to have conversation that revolves around combining art and motherhood, rather than the two existing combatively) is vital. So important. So, please join me and dubbing this "worth it".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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