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Reframing the "Sentimental" in the Art of the Maternal - Workshop 3 Katy

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Workshop 3 : Removing the Mother-Hood , by Katy Howe

Motherhood is loaded with meaning and can feel like a shroud of expectation over women and girls. Motherhood changes the landscape of our bodies and means we inhabit our landscapes differently, where the mother/child connection changes the definition of ourselves in unimaginable ways. The Mother-Hood with all it's connotations, affects all women, whether they are mothers or not. The emphasis of this workshop will be upon actively remembering ourselves, looking at ways in which working creatively can help navigate the all-consuming shroud of the Mother-Hood. By utilising actions and explorations in performative movement and by making quick throwaway sculptural forms we will attempt to inhabit the landscape of the gallery. Through sculpture and movement, we will form visible and visceral landscapes of ourselves and reveal what's underneath the mother-hood. Outcomes of work made may be diverse. They could be recorded on video or performed live at the open day, or there may be only traces left behind.

Participants are encouraged to bring with them an object or an experiential story of a memory, that reminds them of who they are independent from the mother-hood. Participants should be prepared to make work in a performative way.

Katy Howe is a multidisciplinary artist who works with a variety of media, ranging from collage, drawing and object making, to performance, installation, photography and video. Through these different mediums she explores notions of identity and interrogates the confines of gender stereotyping, always searching for other possibilities of expressing our gendered selves. Her process often has an autobiographical thread running through it. She is a former professional dancer with a background in dance and theatre and has a recent Masters Degree in Fine Art, from Central Saint Martins, UAL.

http://www.katyhowe.com/


Desperate Artwives is pleased to announce an opportunity, for artists who are also mothers, to take part in a series of three workshops at Platform 1 Gallery, culminating in an Open Day where works made will be on show to the public. Dagmara Bilon, Teresa Albor and Katy Howe who are artists and mothers themselves, will each be leading participating artists on a journey to explore the maternal experience, both individually and collectively. The aim will be to help artists consider different ways of working and challenging their current practise, with a focus on exploring and uncovering the power of the “sentimental” in the art of the maternal.

We rarely see motherhood and the maternal, outside of their idealistic depictions. A taboo continues to surround the art of the maternal where it is often considered to be, too “sentimental” to be interesting, due to it's subjective nature. The Patriarchal discourse that early feminists engaged with, in the 1960's and 70's, where pregnancy and therefore motherhood should not and must not be seen, unless mediated through the male gaze, persists in many ways today. Artists who are mothers are under-represented within the art world on every level, and opportunities for them are few, and limited. The frequently held belief that you cannot be a (good) artist AND a (good) mother is often perpetuated by women artists ourselves. But our subjective “sentimental” maternal experiences are significant and powerful, and resonate with value. They become a huge part of our lived experience, which in turn feeds back into the work we make. These subjective and sentimental experiences need to be represented and validated both in the art world and further afield. The workshops will seek to engage with this by making powerful and compelling art on our own terms, therefore reframing the subjective “sentimentality” of maternal art. The workshops' culmination will result in an informal open day at Platform 1 Gallery.

We would encourage applicants to participate in all three workshops as you will have a better opportunity to explore the issues in more depth. However, you are more than welcome to participate in just one or two workshops.
If you book all three workshops you'll receive a £10 discount on the full amount (please contact Desperate Artwives for more information regarding this option on desperateartwivesproject@gmail.com).

Lunch, tea and coffee throughout the day and some materials are included in the final price.

OPEN DAY : Hosted by Desperate Artwives and Platform 1 Gallery Saturday 23rd June.

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