Creating Space celebrates the work of Chicago Artist Mothers. The work in this exhibition is as varied and complex as the individuals who created it, but it is united by the undercurrent of family structures, transformation of materials, and growth. Our material choices range from personal ephemera accumulated in the background of our daily lives to traditional art materials. Circular forms appear in many of these works referencing the splitting cells, the cosmic, and cyclical time. Voids appear in surfaces as the physical manifestation of a change in a subject, perhaps a loss (void) or perhaps an opening (opportunity). Forms break out of the rectilinear plane illustrating growth out of containment.
The work in this exhibition shows abstracted interpretations of motherhood, the weight of carrying memory and navigating uncertain waters. Much of this work was created during the pandemic, when we felt closed off and closed in. Some of our work brought the outside world in, and some broadcast our inner worlds out. Through our work we created new figurative spaces to breathe and connect when our literal spaces disappeared.
Art by Amanda Mulcahy, Angela Lopez, Cathleen Cramer, Deirdre Colgan Jones, Elaine Luther, Jill Nahrstedt, Karen Dana Cohen, Kathryn Rodrigues, Kelley Clink, Tulika Ladsariya
Creating Space is part of Taking Up Space: A Grassroots Female Focused Community Global Art Exhibition
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