Top: Christmas Card, Kiki Smith. Bottom: Floor nap
Created during my Artist Residency in Motherhood, these digital collages pair snapshots of my day with screenshots of existing artworks. Made in seconds on my cell phone during moments of everyday life and parenting, they helped me center my caregiving as a studio practice in and of itself, as opposed to viewing motherhood as an obstacle to artmaking. Contextualizing these banal moments in my life as a mother with more significant works of art by prominent artists convinced me that my labor outside of the studio mattered as much as it did in the studio. By merely associating my daily messes and experiences with more well-known works of art, I hoped to elevate my day-to-day life from the meaningless to the meaningful.