Much like Ursula LeGuin’s She Un Names Them, this series of work seeks to redefine definitions and assumptions about disAbled mothering through a critical disability and feminist lens. In this series, I am contemplating visual concepts of disabled bodies, mothering responsibilities, disability as a structure, and the tensions that exist between the theories, as well as the exploration of my own identity and myths.
Building on theories from Paulo Freire, Michele Foucault, Adrienne Rich, and Rosemarie Garland-Thompson, I explore how disabled mothers experience surveillance and societal constructions of Motherhood.
Each painting in this series explores an aspect of disabled mothering from a theoretical lens. Some of these themes include, post-partum depression, PTSD, physical disabilities, and socially constructed disabilities. Painting is an integral practice as I navigate my PhD path.
I work in oil on canvas, and occasional in collage and with found objects.