Maternal Matters

Since having my third baby, Sid Jonah Anderson in 2007, I have returned to exploring maternal matters.

My work has been nurtured and inspired by my involvement and participation at MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities Identities Ethics) research network and the running of The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home. I have first started thinking about the maternal through ‘Medea/Mothers’ Clothes’ (2004) live art event as a part of my PhD research.

As the Institute family, we have developed a series of Family Picnics (critical interventions into the institution of family) and performed those at greenroom, Hazard festival, Arnolfini, Bluecoat and Artsadmin. At each one of those, I performed a Mother. Check out our first family picnic The Hazardous Family. In terms of artist residencies at the Institute, I was particularly moved by Branka Cvjeticanin, where she became artist/au pair for two weeks in July 2008. This residency allowed me to name my invisible maternal labour by translating it into underpaid au pair labour. In 2011 the Institute hosted a number of ‘family residencies‘.

Maternal Projects:

Friday Records: A Document of Maternity Leave (2014)
Records of my time with James Benjamin, my Friday child. Ongoing art project: text comprised of diary entries, audio and photographs.

Full Term video film with Julieann O’Malley (2014)
In production. Film is expected to be shown at Artsmill Gallery space in Hebden Bridge for an exhibition in May 2014 to coincide with the end of the 42 weeks of The egg, the womb, the head and the moon project blog-site.

‘The Egg, the Womb, the Head and the Moon’ collaborative blog (2013-2014)
I am contributing to the egg, the womb, the head and the moon blog on art and motherhood.
I have written on a a variety of topics ranging from miscarriage through swaying and Xmas to birth story of James Benjamin Anderson. See my posts here.

‘Mother & Son: ‘that just sounds really sad’ (2011)
Artist residency and event at 25 Stratford Grove with Neal Anderson (aged 10), June 2011

‘Contemplation Time’ and ‘Sid Jonah Anderson by Lena Simic’ (2007 – 2008)
A document of maternity leave consisting of text and photographs; a performance showcasing  maternal labour involved in putting a seven month old baby to sleep.