Emerging Artist of the Year

Please join us to celebrate the final day of the exhibition: “An Artist Residency in Motherhood” by Lenka Clayton. On Sunday, November 3rd we present three accompaniments to works in the exhibition: poetry by Joy Katz, a collective conversation with marriage and family therapist Susan Spangler, and concurrent readings by a trio of mothers.

When: Sunday 3rd November, 2013
Special events will begin at; 1pm and last until approx 2.30pm
Galleries open; noon – 5pm
Contact; Rachael Cooper (412) 361-0873
Refreshments will be provided during events!

Poetry reading with “Dangerous Objects Made Safe” by Joy Katz

Poet Joy Katz will read from her new collection, All You Do Is Perceive, in which she records the mix of peril and ecstasy she experienced in the fever-pitch of early parenthood. The reading will take place in front of the art work Dangerous Objects Made Safe, a collection of household tools encased in grey, felted wool.

All You Do Is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist, is a Stalecher Selection at Four Way Books. Joy Katz also has a new chapbook, Which From That Time, just out from Argos Books in New York. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Wallace Stegner fellowship, a Pushcart prize, and a 2013 Professional Artist grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation for her work-in-progress, Frayed, about race and voice. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University and in Carlow's Madwomen in the Attic program. www.joykatz.com.

A trio of Mothers read “Mother’s Days”

Three Mothers will concurrently read entries from the collective work; Mother’s Days. Mother’s Days is a typed archive of one hundred written reports of activities undertaken over the course of an ordinary day in the lives of one hundred mothers around the world.

A Collective Conversation with “One Brown Shoe” by Marriage and Family Therapist, Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler, Marriage and Family Therapist, will facilitate a deepened collective experience and exploration of this fascinating exhibit through guided contemplations and shared group reflections. 

Susan is a psychotherapist with over 26 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families.  In her work, she aims to artfully bring together contemplative practice, therapeutic inquiry, and creative expression to foster self awareness, harmonious relationship, and soulful engagement in community life.

One Brown Shoe is a collection of one hundred pairs of mismatched brown shoes, handmade in secret by one hundred married couples from bits and pieces found around the home.


About the exhibition:

In 2012, after the birth of her first child, Lenka Clayton founded An Artist Residency in Motherhood — a structured, fully-funded artist residency that takes place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children (currently 2 1/2 months & 5 months old).

Artist residencies are usually designed as a way to allow artists to escape from the routines and responsibilities of their everyday lives. An Artist Residency in Motherhood is different. Set firmly inside the traditionally “inhospitable” environment of a family home, it subverts the art-world’s romanticization of the unattached artist, and frames motherhood as a valuable site, rather than an invisible labor, for exploration and artistic production.

For the duration of the residency Lenka Clayton aims to embrace the fragmented mental focus, exhaustion, nap-length studio time and countless distractions of parenthood as well as the absurd poetry of time spent with young children as her working materials and situation, rather than obstacles to be overcome.

All of the works in the exhibition were created during An Artist Residency in Motherhood.

An Artist Residency in Motherhood is funded by the Robert C. Smith Fund and the Betsy R. Clark Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Sustainable Art Foundation. It is supported in kind by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

An Artist Residency in Motherhood is funded by the Robert C. Smith Fund and the Betsy R. Clark Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Sustainable Art Foundation. It is also supported in kind by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Image: One Brown Shoe, 2013, Lenka Clayton. Photography: Tom Little