Selfhood, Artisthood, Motherhood
Dani Daeun Kim (editor)
Published by FACTORY
Printed by Seguleum
Republic of Korea
22.5 x 15 cm, 240 pages, color, offset, glue bound, softcover
This book brings light to the subject of motherhood – the status of being a mother – through a collection of interviews and essays written by artists and art professionals in the visual art sector who are also mothers. The book highlights how ‘mother’, among many categories shaping various identities, is perceived in contemporary art and its professional domain. It also looks at how these women relate their artistic practice to motherhood, or keep their distance from it, while at the same time asserting their artistic autonomy.
SELFHOOD, ARTISTHOOD, MOTHERHOOD revolves around the stories of eleven women – among them artists, but also a curator and a director – all actively engaged in the art scene. Each tells their story of how their life is moulded into two parts, motherhood and art. While the relationship between the two is deeply intertwined at times, there are other times where motherhood and art take up their own space and gaze at each other. Sometimes, they end up as two separate worlds without any emotional exchange.