Artist Mother Studio attempts to shift the conversation around motherhood. It seeks to go beyond the definitions casually embedded within a universalist white paternalism, and encourages a politics where mothering is understood more broadly as the conditioning of a world to come. This project is curated by artist Amy Hughes Braden and will take the form of an Artist-in-Residency, conference, and zine. Braden hopes to elevate the voices of artist mothers/caregivers and continue an important conversation about communal labor, and how mothers can lead a way forward based on their experiences with caregiving. AMS foregrounds the dependency and entanglement of being a caregiver (a loss, in a traditional sense, of personal freedom) as a generative position from which to create art.

Contributors include China Martens, Mariah Anne Johnson, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Raina Martens.

Above photo: original zines from The Future Generation: a book about subculture parents, kids, friends, and others by China Martens.

apply to the zine

Accepting zine submissions (image and/or text) related to caregiving and mothering. We welcome both abstract interpretations, but also specific tips and stories. We are using “mothering” as a non-gendered term, this call is open to anyone that identifies with the role of caregiver. The zine will be launched and distributed at the conference.

Please refer to this quote from Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “The radical potential of the word “mother” comes after the ‘m.’ It is the space that “other” takes in our mouths when we say it. We are something else.” And also from Loretta J. Ross, “ How do we get from a conservative definition of mothering as a biological destiny to mothering as a liberating practice that can thwart runaway capitalism?”

Image submission requirements:

  • All images must be hi-resolution jpegs (note that the zine will be black and white)
  • Sized at  4.5” x 5.5” (or approx.) at a minimum of 300dpi.
  • Images must be titled as your last name, first initial, and title. For example:
    • DoeJ_Untitled1.jpg
    • DoeJ_Untitled2.jpg
    • DoeJ_Untitled3.jpg

Text submission requirements:

  • 750-word maximum
  • doc., docx, or pdf format only
  • Poems, essays, interview, short stories, quotes, and articles are encouraged

Deadline: August 6, 2018

Link to apply here

APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST-MOTHER-IN-RESIDENCE

Accepting applications from artist-caregivers for a studio residency at WPA, beginning September 20, 2018 and running for 9 weeks. This application is open to artists and their children. Selected artists will be expected to use the studios at least 3 times a week and childcare will be provided during those times. Artists will have access to the studios 24/7. The studios are minimally equipped, with wall space and a sink-- artists should be prepared to bring all of their materials/equipment. Selected artists will be expected to participate in a one-day mini-conference in October. Childcare will be provided then too. Exact date TBD. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1200 for their participation in the residency. While there is no geographic restriction to this application, please note that this is a STUDIO residency, and no housing is provided.

Please do not hesitate to email amyhughesbraden@gmail.com with any questions.

Submission requirements: 

  • CV or Resume must be in doc., docx, or pdf. format only
  • All images must be hi-resolution jpegs.
  • Sized at  4.5” x 5.5” (or approx.) at a minimum of 300dpi.
  • Images must be titled as your last name, first initial, and title. For example:
    • DoeJ_Untitled1.jpg
    • DoeJ_Untitled2.jpg
    • DoeJ_Untitled3.jpg

Deadline: August, 6, 2018

Link to apply here