'Troubling the Maternal'

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Abstract

'Down, down, down - at the bottom of the Garden Mother's little breeding machine whirs and ticks. Deep in the mouldering mess, children are growing. They have leaves in their hair and dirt in their eyes and they are growing. Feral and fertile, fecund and febrile - they were made in earth and they will be laid in earth. Their toys are ticking too, shallow breaths in the yarrow, beating bone and marrow. A creeping cunning, a quickening wit - Oh nothing good can come if it'. This two day conference brought together international artists and theorists to discuss the work of artist/mothers in art history and within contemporary visual practice. Louise Wallace was an invited panellist and her presentation of research was titled ‘Troubling the Maternal’. Wallace discussed recent paintings which dealt with the history of eugenics, the experiments at Cold Spring Harbour NY and the nightmarish vision of breeding machines. The research also referenced the maltreatment of reproduction rights in Northern Ireland through a piece of prose written by Wallace. The keynote speakers were Mary Kelly, Bracha Ettinger and Faith Wilding. The convenor was Griselda Pollock. The importance and impact of the conference was reported in The Guardian ‘culture professional network’ section in a piece titled ‘Motherhood is not a problem to be solved but a reality we must acknowledge’ (13th July 2015).
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
EventMotherhood and Creative Practice - South Bank University London
Duration: 1 Jun 2015 → …

Conference

ConferenceMotherhood and Creative Practice
Period1/06/15 → …

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Artist
Breeding
Spring
Prose
Mess
Northern Ireland
Cold
History
Marrow
Motherhood
Guardian
Mary Kelly
Wit
Maltreatment
Harbors
Theorists
Toys
Art History
Griselda Pollock
Experiment

Keywords

  • maternal
  • painting
  • ambivalence
  • motherhood
  • children

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Wallace, L. (2015). 'Troubling the Maternal'. In Unknown Host Publication
Wallace, Louise. / 'Troubling the Maternal'. Unknown Host Publication. 2015.
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