Acclimated to Motherland

by Mindy on September 18, 2015

It’s been two years since I posted an update, but I thought it was fitting to give this site a final post, just for some closure. After five years of working on Greetings From Motherland projects, I decided to take a break after Landing Gear launched in 2013. I had worked with dozens and dozens of wonderful women, started conversations about new motherhood that I wanted to start, produced nine pieces that I felt really proud of…and I was a little burnt out. I also felt that I didn’t have much more to say at that point about becoming a mother. I was truly, fully acclimated to the culture of Motherland, and I too seemed to get that amnesia that almost everyone gets about how hard it is in the beginning. I’m glad I have a record of all it though—it helps me remember.

My kids are now 7 and 4, and I’ve moved on to new topics. I’m continually drawn to making work about challenging life passages, and the aspects that are difficult to talk about. Come visit me at my website, to see what I’m up to and join the conversation.


Hear, hear

by Mindy on October 3, 2013

We had a wonderful opening on Sunday, with over 100 people coming out to see Landing Gear and to celebrate with us (photos to come). In addition to the show in the gallery, we had a large space with live music, where kids could run around, play, and do crafts. The only thing that was tricky was that it was very crowded in the gallery, which made it difficult to hear the audio, but I’ve heard that can often be a challenge with openings of sound art.
The documentary audio of the mothers talking about their clothing is housed in the old trunk. When you open a drawer, the mother’s stories start playing. It’s a really cool effect to hear the women’s voices coming out of a drawer, and I was excited to bring the idea to life with the help of the excellent Hector Centeno, who rigged the trunk to play the stories.  Each drawer is a different theme: freedom, sex, comfort, work, and change.
Many people have ventured back to hear the mother’s stories, but I thought it would be fun to post a couple of them here, to give a taste of the show. Just imagine you’re pulling a drawer open to listen.

1. The Three of Us

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2. I Have These Pants

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Welcome Aboard!

September 28, 2013

It’s been a crazy few weeks, with lots of last minute changes, ideas, and additions, but I’m proud to say that Landing Gear is finally up! The group spent three days putting up the show, and I’m glad we had all three days. There are a lot of elements to this show: photographs on fabric, [...]

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Landing Gear

September 3, 2013

I’m proud to announce the opening of “Landing Gear“, an interactive multimedia installation about early motherhood that will be showing at the Arcadia Gallery in downtown Toronto, 680 Queens Quay West, from September 28-October 6, with the opening reception on September 29th from 3-6pm. (see the Events page for more details). Way back this past winter, [...]

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New Workshops!

December 17, 2012

After our summer and fall hiatus, I’m going to be running a new project at the Harbourfront Community Centre starting in January. It’s funded by a generous grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, and I’ll be working with the same team of artists that I did last spring. Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Cathy Nosaty, May [...]

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Final Workshop

June 21, 2012

I saw this series of workshops as a pilot for a new idea I wanted to explore, and after eight weeks of arts-based research into the question of how the pressure to be a good mother affects our lives, I’ve learned a lot. What was most interesting to me is that many women in this [...]

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Mapping Motherhood

June 18, 2012

This Tuesday, June 19th, at 6:30pm, I’ll be giving a talk about Greetings From Motherland for a speaker series called Mother Outlaws, which is part of MIRCI (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement). I’ll be sharing the evolution of the project, my process of collaboration, and stories and art from completed and in-progress works. [...]

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Motherland Travels

June 7, 2012

We’re in the homestretch, as Tuesday was the second to last workshop. It was a busy day as people finished up their dolls, May interviewed them one on one about their creations, and I shot photos of them. After they were done, Cathy gathered them around to start playing with some melodies and lyrics she [...]

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Mother Artist/Artist Mother

May 31, 2012

One wonderful part about running an art project about motherhood is that people understand when my job as a mother has to take priority over my job as an artist. Last week, Micah was very sick with a nasty bacterial infection, and I couldn’t attend the workshop. If I had been running it by myself, [...]

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Paper Dolls

May 15, 2012

Back to our regularly scheduled workshops! To my pleasant surprise today, all of the people who missed the second week came back, and we had four new people, including one woman with a five week old baby. I commended her for coming–she’s definitely the newest mother we’ve ever had. She said she was really happy [...]

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