Mothers’ Days

Image by Lenka Clayton

Mothers’ Days
Book / 388 pages / published by An Artist Residency in Motherhood, 2020

Members of An Artist Residency in Motherhood were invited to simultaneously record the events of the July 15th, 2019, in as much or as little detail as they chose. The book shares accounts of the same single day from 81 people in 19 countries—all artists and mothers to children from six weeks to 33 years old… and I’m pleased to have my text included!

The 15th of July 2019—was the day the roadworks outside the house began, was the day the baby was due, was the day of six vomits, was the day she drove home in socks, was the day her father went into a coma, was the day the big leaf on the houseplant unfurled, was the day the residency began, was the day she was stung by a bee, was the day she finally saw the ferry come in, was the day the chickens got out, was the day of the TV audition, was the day of the meeting with the divorce lawyer, was the day the letter from the police arrived, was the day his tooth fell out, was the day she found out she got the grant, was the day she suddenly realized her baby was now a toddler—was a normal Monday.

Introduction to Mothers’ Days, Lenka Clayton

The book will be debuted in Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, the inaugural exhibition of the new University Art Museum at New Mexico State University (28 Feb – 28 May, 2020).

Further details and full credits:

Amy Beeston