I am currently an Artist in Residence in Motherhood.
The Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARiM) is a concept created by artist Lenka Clayton in 2012, when Clayton's first child was a year and a half old. Clayton found that traditional artist residencies—ones she had attended before having children—could not accommodate artists with families. In Clayton's words, "I wondered how I might instead apply the framework of an artist residency to the wild new world that was unfolding at home, one that I usually felt entirely too tired to notice." The Artist Residency in Motherhood is self-directed, open-ended, and takes place inside the working studio of one's own home and experience of parenthood.
My residency began on August 15, 2018, when my child was almost 21 months old. I began my residency with no preconceived projects or creative goals in mind; I simply needed to begin something. Currently, my residency is slated to last three years, until August 15, 2021—though this timeframe, as inherent to the nature of the residency, is flexible.
What follows is the documentation of my process and projects throughout my residency, updated in as timely a manner as possible, most likely during nap time.