Stretched – The Art of Motherhood | Group Exhibition at The Peoples Museum of Limerick

Stretched - The Art of Motherhood | Group Exhibition at The Peoples Museum of Limerick

When

01/07/2022 - 17/07/2022    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where

The Peoples Museum of Limerick
Georgian House, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, Limerick city, Limerick, V94 HF53

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An exhibition by Clare-based Artist-Mother Collective: Bonnie Boyle, Bella Watson, Mary Fahy, Marianne Slevin, Tessa O’Connor, Claire Frawley, Gráinne Kelleher, Rachel Macmanus, Sorcha O’Brien and Ceri Garfield.

We are a group of Artists from many backgrounds and disciplines, with differing ages and stages on our journeys in both motherhood and our Artistic careers.
We have formed as a group to encourage, support and inspire each other, through collaboration and conversation.
Within the group we have rich cross pollination of ideas, this stimulates and enlivens our individual practices whilst also enhancing our wellbeing.
Motherhood, while being a deeply connecting and meaningful experience, can also be an isolating and lonely experience especially as an Artist.
Being an artist and being a mother are two deeply defining roles that influence and shape each other.
In Motherhood there can be extreme love, extreme exhaustion, extreme loneliness, and extreme guilt, at times- these can and often do feed our creative work.
The part of ourselves that is given away to our children when we become mothers can be fed back in another way, through continued creative expression of the self.
There is a deep thirst Artist Mothers experience, to continue in their vocation as Artists, despite the lack of time, energy, resources and space, it can feel annihilating to shut down the essential outlet of expression and processing that their Art Practice provides them with.
Mother Artists persevere and make art despite the universe lending little time to do so. They literally claw back moments, time becomes a precious commodity 10 mins here, half an hour there. Self expression becomes a hard fought privilege. Being a mother and making Art shows true dedication to a vocation, when there are always so many visible and invisible tasks required of us in our dual roles.
Our collective experience and skill sets as Mother Artists give us patience, determination, tenacity and a fierce inclination to persevere.
This group helps us increase our self efficacy as Artists and provides an anchoring and positioning that supports our Artist identities and practices through the ever changing and all encompassing terrain of Motherhood.
We hope our inaugural show reflects some of the diversity and collective determination of our group.

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