After completing A1 for SYP, my tutor Gina suggested a solution for my publication in my tutor report that incorporates the current limitations I have as a stay at home dad. An Artist Residency in Motherhood is a conceptual and practical framework conceived by artist Lenka Clayton. The idea came from her own experience of becoming a mother and the impact it had on her artistic practice. In an interview for Blanton Museum of Art, she explains that it is “…a proposal to look at the things that are making working as an artist difficult and transform them mentally into something to work with.” (Henderson, 2018),
Clayton used her own residency to create works that take inspiration from being a parent such as The Distance I Can Be from My Son (Clayton, 2013). Making work that reflects being a parent is not a prerequisite in ARIM, it is more that a resident embraces the conditions that being a parent at home with a child bring and turn the limitations into a way of being productive (see fig. 1.). After the success of her own residency, Clayton published an online starter kit for other artists who are parents to utilise. At the time of writing there are more than 750 artists in residence in 55 countries (ARIM, no date).
On first impression the idea is an interesting one for myself and offers a solution to my current home situation. A self-imposed residency could work within my domestic space and is something I have already utilised in formations as part of my concept for BoW. But I also feel a little hesitant to do so. Firstly my artistic practice, both academic and professional has always been placed apart from the personal aspect of life. I have never been comfortable using the personal narrative in my work or how it is disseminated. I have always preferred to let the work speak for itself. Secondly my lack of social media presence beyond Instagram, for which I only use to publish portfolio images from my website, shows that I don’t engage with an audience in this way, or have any particular motivation to do so. I only do so in my LL posts out of necessity for the course.
So although I would not at this stage dismiss the option, I would prefer to engage directly with a physical space, if the opportunity arises. Given that my earliest completion date for SYP would be May 2020, my home situation will have sufficiently evolved by then to have a greater independence to pursue a publication method I would feel more comfortable to undertake.
That is not to say there is nothing to take away from Artist Residency in Motherhood, the process of organising home life around having a child is equally valid in how I continue working through the remainder of my studies, the spaces I work from, and the time available to do so.
ARIM (no date) Available at: http://www.artistresidencyinmotherhood.com (Accessed on 19.08.19)
Clayton, L (no date) Available at: http://www.lenkaclayton.com (Accessed on 05.09.19)
Henderson, E (2018) ‘A Q&A With Artist Lenka Clayton’ In: Blanton Museum of Art [online] At: https://blantonmuseum.org/2018/06/a-qa-with-artist-lenka-clayton/ (Accessed on: 05.09.19)
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Clayton, L (no date) Typed ARIM Manifesto [Typewritten Text on Paper] At: http://www.artistresidencyinmotherhood.com/kit (Accessed on 05.09.19)