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Name
Studies in the Maternal
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Journal
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226 Publications
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OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)
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  • In Balance With

    In Balance With (2012) is a live performance with Courtney Kessel and her daughter, Chloé, sitting at opposite ends of a seesaw. During the 30-minute performance, Kessel adds items representative of their lives to Chloé's side of the seesaw. After each group of items is added, she returns to her side to check the balance. Toys, violin, research books, food, pots, tools, and laundry are strapped on to the seesaw. The audience witnesses the struggle to create a balance between work, home, resea...

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    This is a fictionalised piece of life writing. In it I try to capture some of the challenges and frustrations within a mother-daughter relationship, at a point when the mother is developing dementia. I also try to convey the way in which aspects of the mother-daughter relationship are reversed, as the daughter begins to act as carer or 'mother' to her own birth mother.

    Artist's statement

    I am equally interested in the ‘childless mother’, the ‘allmother’, and in fantasies of maternity as I am in the actual experience. Along these lines, I think in particular of the artists Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin and Tabitha Moses. I sometimes think that the reality of motherhood can hinder art making, and that being a ‘mother artist’ has nothing at all to do with having children.
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