In my practice I consider the work of motherhood through painting, creating narratives around domestic rituals that are both familiar and strange. Imposed on the painting act are calculations and measurements – the length of a TV show or nap, the space between meals and baths. The realities of caregiving, such as constant interruptions, and diverted attention shape this rhythm of making. Children’s drawings and assemblages are visual cues always in my periphery. Repetitive actions, such as scrubbing, sanding and washing, now become methods of paint application. Something is done and undone and re-done, every day, and out of the apparent futility, something is also continuous and forming.
The expressive mark is important to my process, suggesting and obscuring but it also contains a legacy of masculinity and myth. My painting finds itself negotiating with this ‘heroic’ solitary gestural impulse. By introducing materials like wool and wax, and processes like scrubbing and needle felting the work amplifies and inserts the realities of mother work with its material disruptions and accommodations.