United Kingdom

Georgina Talfana

Georgina Talfana (UK, Surrey)
Two sided Pregnancy (2017)
Rotring pen and graphite on cartridge

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“I am 4 months pregnant and my work explores the paradox of being really happy to be pregnant and on the other hand feeling really uncomfortable in my body. The emotions that I endured during my...Read More »


Lizzie Philps


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Lizzie Philps (UK, Bristol)
Maternity Leaves (2013)
Film/Walking Performance

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Maternity Leaves records my exploration of the visceral and performative intersections between walking documentation and maternal ambivalence during the first year of my daughter’s life. These (not quite) solitary suburban walks offered time to not only...Read More »


Fiammetta Horvat

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Fiammetta Horvat (UK/France)
Mystery Dough (2014)
Stop Motion Video Performance

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Seven years ago I fell pregnant and inevitably the transformation of my body began. I experienced motherhood as the ultimate transformation and birth as the ultimate rite of passage. I had entered the state of creator...Read More »


Liz Hart

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Liz Hart (UK, Gloucestershire)
Mummy Monster (2016)
Filmed Theatre Performance/Live Art

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Mummy Monster began it’s life whilst I was spending long hours at home caring for my young family. I was interested in how their chaos could contribute to rather than interrupt the creative process. The...Read More »


Sophie Cero

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Sophie Cero (UK, Northamptonshire)
Manual Labour (wipe) (2016)
Performance Film

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“As part of a series of eight films embedded in the perfectly white walls of Still Life’s gallery/house, Manual Labours (wipe) offers an eternal monotony that reveals both a specificity and a universality of domestic experience.

The...Read More »


Rachel Jane Dean

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Rachel Jane Dean (UK, Leeds)
Nativity (2014)
Filmed Performance

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Nativity came out of my fascination with the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary. I worked with film maker Lucy Barker to make the film when I was seven months pregnant,...Read More »


Josh Appignanesi & Devorah Baum

Josh Appignanesi & Devorah Baum (UK, London)
The New Man (2016)
Feature Film

The New Man is a ground-breaking new feature film by acclaimed British director Josh Appignanesi and his wife, lecturer and author Devorah Baum, about their own very personal experience of new parenthood. It’s a film for anyone who...Read More »


Townley & Bradby

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Townley & Bradby (UK, Norfolk)
Between Waking and Sleeping (2014)
Short Film

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Since 2010 the sites we have been responding to as an artist duo are the physical spaces of our family home and the social space created between the five of us (two...Read More »


Drunk With Joy

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Drunk With Joy (UK, Devon)
Grow (2016)
Short Film (Music Video)

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Like so many artists, we expected parenthood to have an impact on our time and finances, but we never could have imagined we would end up writing/creating an entire body of work about...Read More »


Alison O'Neill

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Alison O’Neill (UK, Cambridge)
Punctures (2015)
Short Film

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“I work in video and installation, using my own experiences and memories to examine shifting maternal subjectivities and power structures.

Punctures consists of two videos presented side by side, one after the other, each accompanied by...Read More »


Trish Morrissey

Trish Morrissey (UK, Bristol)
Ave Maria Karaoke (2010)
Video

ARTIST STATEMENT:

In Ave Maria Karaoke, I sing the Ave Maria hymn into an imaginary microphone in the style of a drunken woman performing a torch song. It was shortly before I gave birth to my son. The garland...Read More »


Erin Faith Allen

Erin Faith Allen (UK, London)
Motherless Mothers (2015)
Mixed media on canvas

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The traumatic birth of my daughter unlocked deeply rooted layers of traumatic childhood memories. Born myself into severely disconnected family lines and having little support, I turned to art and research. Investigating the lives of my...Read More »


Chris Anthem

Chris Anthem (Lebanon/UK)
Liberate the Remains… (2015)
Oil on canvas

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The submitted painting comes from a series painted in Beirut, Lebanon, where we’ve been raising our son.

The paintings are straightforward – a child playing with a severed head form, a telephone,...Read More »


Jenny Lewis

 

Jenny Lewis (UK, London)
Nicola and Jemima & Rebecca and Osiris
From the series One Day Young (2013-14)
Colour photographs

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I wanted to tell a story about the strength and resilience of women post-childbirth that I feel goes largely unacknowledged in today’s world. To create the image of...Read More »


Eti Wade

Eti Wade (UK, London)
Kisses (2001)
Photograph

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I consider this work my rawest expression of maternal ambivalence. The image forms part of my ongoing effort to express complex and unpalatable maternal subjectivity. The marks the mother makes on her child’s body fuses female sexuality, desire, maternal love, violence and...Read More »


Joanna Rosenfeld

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Joanna Rosenfeld (UK, Brighton)
Motherhood: the (Un)speakable (Un)spoken (2015)
Cross-art form Performance

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Giving birth and having children has had the biggest impact of any single event on me as a woman, my practice as a theatre maker and my artistry. I discovered the limits...Read More »


Geoffrey Harrison

Geoffrey Harrison (UK, London)
Asteroid 13.10.14.00.10 TJEX (2015)
Graphite on paper

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This title refers to the date and time of the birth of my son. The format reflects the naming convention for astral bodies including asteroids and comets. What appears to be an asteroid reveals itself to...Read More »


Ione Rucquoi

Ione Rucquoi (UK, Devon)
Anna and Magnus (2015)
Placenta blood and gold leaf

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My current blood prints are related to works I started in 2010, shortly after the birth of my first child. They are also a natural progression from my last big project Sanctae, a large-scale installation...Read More »


Carole Evans

Carole Evans (UK, London)
Father and Son (2015), from the series Out of the Woods
Photograph

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This work is part of an ongoing project about being a parent for the first time. Initially about the trials we faced as new parents, it is now a documentary of an...Read More »


Lizzie Philps

Lizzie Philps (UK, Bristol)
The Pilgrimage of the Prodigal Daughter (2013)
Tryptich video installation, 1 hr

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My mother is an excellent navigator. The only time I’ve heard her say “fuck” was when she threw the map at my father on holiday. She taught me what contour lines...Read More »


Mila Oshin

Mila Oshin/Drunk With Joy (UK, Exeter)
Passage (2015)
Poetry collection, music album and videos

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The birth of our first child ended in a forceps delivery which left me with permanent physical trauma. Against the odds, the birth of our second child almost two and a half years later...Read More »


Marilyn Kyle

Marilyn Kyle (UK, Surrey)
The Mending (2013)
Cast porcelain with on glaze artist made transfers, found objects

ARTIST STATEMENT:

As an artist, rooted in printmaking, I use a variety of media and processes dependent upon the needs of the work in hand. This includes traditional processes (e.g. print and ceramics)...Read More »


Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Magda Stawarska-Beavan (UK, Lancashire)
Mother Tongue (2009)
Set of 3 screen-prints with sound installation

ARTIST STATEMENT:

In Mother Tongue I am trying to represent the passage of time and preserve the ephemeral moments in the development of a child’s relationship with language. This is essentially an investigation into the...Read More »


Laura James Wray

Laura James Wray (UK, Cornwall)
Bound and Controlled (2011)
Slip cast white earthenware, smoke fired and bound with rubber inner bungy cord

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Twenty five weeks pregnant, my first experience of crowning was a cruel and brutal introduction to motherhood. Hollow and discarded, my feelings of emptiness and shock...Read More »


Tareg Morris

Tareg Morris (UK, Cornwall)
Fathers for Injustice (2012)
Ceramics

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I document my time of struggle, vulnerability and injustice as a single mother trying to protect my young child, exploring the feelings and experiences of my journey inside the British court system, which resulted in...Read More »


Hester Berry

Hester Berry (UK, Brighton)
Summer Evening (2014)
Oil on board

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I was fiercely adamant that I would not let my painting slip once I became a mother. I had a week off from my work after the birth, and then I launched back into making paintings with a...Read More »


Helen Sergeant

Helen Sargeant (UK, West Yorkshire)
Don’t Scribble Me Out (2014)
Digital collage

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This self-portrait depicts me as both mother and child. Sticking together two moments in time it plays with ideas within my wider practice that are concerned with maternal ambivalence, vulnerability and the effect of the transition...Read More »


Ruth Gray

Ruth Gray (UK, Derbyshire)
When They Told Me – View From The Operating Table (2007)
Lino print

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This piece came about in 2007 from a desire to express the initial numbness of being told I was to have a still birth at nine months pregnant. The discovery by the...Read More »


Josie Beszant

Josie Beszant (UK, North Yorkshire)
Mending (2015)
Mixed media (fabric, thread, pill capsules, ink, pins, paint)

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My work explores the beauty that can be found in the broken and damaged, in stories that we carry through the objects preserved. I use found items combined with papers, textiles and...Read More »


Debbie Lee

BROOD FILM FEST 2016 OFFICIAL SELECTION:

Debbie Lee (UK, Dorset)
Forceps (2015)
Acrylic on paper

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“As a mother, artist and art therapist I am interested in helping to de-marginalise the areas of play and parenthood by elevating their significance. For me the playground was both a source of enjoyment and anxiety....Read More »


Clare Archibald

Clare Archibald (Scotland, Burntisland)
Gift Wrapped (2015)
Poetry installation & performance (audio)

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The actual idea for this work came from my own personal experience of giving birth to a baby that I knew would either be born dead or die shortly afterwards. My daughter lived for minutes but...Read More »