MARTINA MULLANEY DISCUSSES HER ONGOING PROJECT ‘ENEMIES OF GOOD ART’ THAT INTERROGATES THE INVISIBILITY OF MOTHERS IN ART PRACTICE.
There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise, 1938
The above line was quoted to me during the summer of 2008, when I was about four months pregnant. I am an Irish artist living and working in London. After the birth of my daughter I initiated the project Enemies of Good Art in response to my frustrations around what I consider to be impediments to art practice for artists with children, such as: outdated views of artists with children by the art world; childcare costs; and the lack of public crèche facilities. Enemies of Good Art interrogates the invisibility of mothers in art practice. We believe that every artist has the right to practice; having children should not prohibit one from exercising that right. [Read more…]