Join artist Lilly Blue as she and her panel of special guest mother artists continue to explore the big conversation of how to balance motherhood with a professional artistic practice.
Time becomes a major consideration and marked change in the life of an artist on becoming a mother. What if you make work even when there is no time – what does that look like? Is is tiny? What is the work? What do I as an artist make when I have no time to make anything given that I don’t stop being an artist even when I have no time to make anything?
The forum will look at energetic states of speed, compression and restriction and what is born of those states, and also at the ways having no time can be generous in creating an environment for making work that couldn’t happen otherwise in both personal practice and more broadly.
The forum will also explore the role the gallery or academy setting plays in responding to the conceptual duality of mother and artist.
Audience participation throughout the discussion will be highly encouraged.
This is a free event but RSVP is highly recommended
The Mother Artist Forum was launched in 2011 by Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue, the creators of BIG Kids Magazine, to provoke dialogue about creative practice and motherhood. Through a dedicated blog series and live forums The Mother Artist Forum explores the challenge and rich terrain of navigating motherhood with an ongoing professional practice.
Image: Courtesy Elizabeth Marruffo,Saving the Universe,Acrylic, pastel and oil on canvas, 2012
Lilly Blue is visual artist and educator dedicated to connecting and amplifying the creative space between children, creative practice and working artists. A mother of one currently based in Sydney, she is Education Co-ordinator for The Red Room Compan, works independently as a teaching artist, and is at the helm of BIG Kids Magazine which she co-creates with Jo Pollitt. Her work as artist and educator seeks to empower ways of seeing through accumulating creative skills inside a timed and focussed location of practice.
Jo Pollitt is a dancer, choreographer and writer based in Perth. Her practice is grounded in improvisation and creative arts research, and in the complexity of life as an independent artist and mother of three. She is director of the response project, lectures at WAAPA, works as a dramaturg and mentor, fronts the writing/dancing project co-works, co-creates BIG Kids Magazine and has recently commenced her PhD investigating the potential of 'performing thought’ from inside the collision of the idea that poetry is real life.
Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she writes about screen culture and creative processes. She is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, and the short feature Thursday’s Fictions. Her half hour documentary …the dancer from the dance was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary. Karen is a lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, and she held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years. She is the author of Cutting Rhythms, Intuitive Film Editing (Focal Press), which has been translated into Chinese and Korean and the second edition in English will be published in late 2015. Karen’s work as a professional editor includes documentary, dancefilm and drama. She was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and has been a finalist for four Best Editing Awards. Before taking up filmmaking, Karen had a distinguished career as a professional dancer – performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on the Opera House stages of the world and directing two dance companies.
Natasha Bullock joined the MCA team as Senior Curator in 2014. She previously held the position of Curator, Contemporary International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, having joined as Assistant Curator, Photography in 2001. Natasha has held curatorial appointments in Melbourne at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash University Museum of Art and Monash Gallery of Art; and completed curatorial placements in London at the Camden Arts Centre and Victoria and Albert Museum. Natasha has curated more than fifty group and solo exhibitions and worked with a range of Australian and International artists including Tracey Emin, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Ernesto Neto, Tom Nicholson, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Simryn Gill, Mike Parr and Bill Viola.