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The Artist/Mother podcast interviews incredible working Artists who are also Mothers, inviting them to share from their experiences as they make art and mother their children. We hope these interviews inspire you to dedicate time, passion, and energy to your art practice while simultaneously being the best parent you can be.
 
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Needing inspiration for starting a new year in the studio? This episode is for you! It was a real treat to invite two podcast + crit group mentor alums back to our platform to ask them about the dynamic work they created in 2021 that was rooted in a big project for each of them. […]By Kaylan Buteyn
 
On this special episode to kick of 2022 I speak with Isadora Stowe, an artist/mother and academic who lives and works in Las Cruces, NM, USA. Isadora is my co-conspirator in supporting women artists with resources for making the professional practice side of their art career successful! We run a course, Wearing All the Hats […]…
 
Welcome to our final episode for 2021! the end of another year! This year was a LOT for me personally, but it felt like a really good year for Artist/Mother as a whole. We’ve settled into a rhythm together as a community and established some structures we hope will start to feel predictable and comfortable […]…
 
What does it take for culture to be preserved through generations? How are women instrumental in this preservation and how do their contributions continue to go unnoticed? How does the art of a mother and professor from Baltimore, MD provide thoughts for these questions? Check out our episode with the incredible artist, LaToya Hobbs to […]…
 
An act of defiance can mean many things – like squeezing time in at the end of the day to create when you are the most tired or getting up early to keep certain rituals sacred. Even saying “no” to certain activities to make sure your creative practice is not disrupted takes a great amount […]By Kaylan Buteyn
 
Ingrained in most children is a strong and innate desire to create. Our artist in this interview, Pooja Pittie, always felt drawn to making art, but it wasn’t until she was well into adulthood that she centered her career around it. Raised in Mumbai, India, Pooja was encouraged to see art as a great hobby, […]…
 
Sometimes the very goal we are trying to achieve is also the very thing that keeps us from achieving that goal – enter the Artist/Mother life! In this episode I talked with Lee Nowell-Wilson (a return guest and dear friend) about maternal ambivalence, creating boundaries, and our recent collaboration during the Elsewhere Studios residency. Lee […]…
 
How do we recognize the power that we carry? In this interview with sculptor Melanie Cooper Pennginton, we talk about the dichotomies found in her work that explore our inner workings as humans. Her burdened beasts are approachable, yet foreboding – a gentle warning to the viewer that fear and shame unchecked turns to entrapment […]…
 
It was such a pleasure to share a conversation with Amy Lincoln about creating a successful solo show! Amy is a New York-based artist who makes imaginative, intensely hued paintings of the natural world. She currently has a solo show on view at Sperone Westwater Gallery in NYC and Amy shares with me her process […]…
 
How can caring for others bring healing in the midst of pain? In this tender and heartfelt interview, I interviewed three amazing artists in the CARE exhibition I curated through the Dear Artists program run by Benz Amataya. As we discuss how we process our care for others, we examine our reasons for making art […]…
 
It was such a pleasure talking with Hudson Valley, NY based artist, Julia Whitney Barnes, in this interview about being flexible in your art practice, experimenting with new processes, and creating boundaries to play within. By relinquishing the more traditional and time-consuming aspects of her oil-painting process, Julia was able to retain the cr…
 
During a year of uncertainty and fear, these three artists I interviewed found catharsis and validation – all thanks to a curated show by Anna McKeown at Stay Home Gallery. Anna is part of a curatorial program at Stay Home Gallery which has given 8 selected curators the chance to curate an exhibition in 2021 […]…
 
In a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, California, there is an artist/mother embroidering pillows and sheets – mixing colors of threads to make new colors and working around all the nail holes currently in the wall to pin up new work and critique it from across the room. This inspiring woman is Carmen Mardonez. Carmen […]…
 
In this panel discussion I sat down with Carolina Porras, Director of Elsewhere Studios, Laura Deutch, a summer resident at Elsewhere Studios, and Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, in Paonia, Colorado, where I was also living for several days this summer at the Elsewhere Studios residency with my own family. All three rely on a tight […]…
 
It was an absolute inspiration to talk with Nashville-based artist Vadis Turner in this episode as we discuss beauty in the messes, joy found in personal materials, and the continuous power of a transformative journey. Vadis Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant […]…
 
One Hundred Episodes! Wow! This episode marks the 100th since we started this podcast. It feels like a big milestone that I am honored to celebrate and I hope you’ll join me! I had no idea what this podcast would grow to become our special community and I’m filled with deep gratitude and love for you […]…
 
On this episode of the Artist/Mother Podcast I am joined by Mindy Wittock and Robin Kenny for a conversation about our list of Artist/Mother Life Essentials! We share our top 10 list for what we feel are essentials for artists who are mothers to make their life a little easier, run more smoothly, or enjoyed […]…
 
What does it mean to truly rest? To allow your body to fully absorb rest? The artist interviewed in this episode is truly a rest enthusiast and expert! Mira Burack is an artist living in the mountains of New Mexico on the unceded land of the Pueblo people. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy […]…
 
Are you feeling stuck, frustrated or not seeing growth on your Instagram feed? As artists with busy lives Instagram can often feel like one more thing to add to our list of to-do’s, and when you don’t see the results you hope for after putting effort into posting it can become overwhelming and resentment can […]…
 
In this time of continued uncertainty, these four Artist/Mothers in today’s episode are pushing forward with creativity and gusto in an art world that still does not fully give a voice to the visual representation of motherhood in all its various stages. Helen Sargeant, Rachel Fallon, Marcia Michael, and Martina Mullaney came to know each […]…
 
Today’s episode is an incredibly inspiring one! Join in on my conversation with two artists making paints and dyes from natural, earth-friendly materials and sustainable processes. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, wondered about these materials we use? Where do they come from? How are they made and what damage are they doing […]…
 
It is truly an honor to welcome an incredible artist and community builder to the podcast today, Jamie Smith! Jamie lives, makes artwork and runs the supportive group for women artists, THRIVE, in East Vancouver, British Columbia. She creates artwork that layers her memories of traveling, family stories and lost places. She began her artistic […]…
 
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you pushed pause on pursuing your art career? Would you feel freedom or regret or frustration or peace? I know it’s a question so many artist/mothers wrestle with and I am honored to share this episode in which I have a conversation about this very […]…
 
I can’t wait for you to be inspired by this episode, of the collective sharing of our hopes and dreams. You’ll hear from 14 artist/mamas about some of the things they are dreaming about or have hope for manifesting in their future. From personal goals like more studio space to more time to create their […]…
 
In this episode I was honored to talk with the very talented and inspiring Sandeep Johal. Sandeep is a South Asian Canadian visual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale mural painting. Her Indo-folk-feminine aesthetic is characterized by her distinct pattern-work, bold use of colour, and orname…
 
It is always a treat to get to speak with artist, mother, financial and tax expert, Hannah Cole! She has dropped some major wisdom for you in this episode and shared incredible wisdom for artists and small business owners. Wondering about which business license is right for you? Hannah walks me through a DBA, LLC, […]…
 
In this interview I sat down with Atlanta-based artists and friends, Chloe Alexander and Sachi Rome, who recently participated in a Stay Home Gallery residency together with their children and are current studio mates at the TCP Artist in Residence program in Atlanta, GA. Even though each has her own distinct art-making approach, they agree […]…
 
It was incredible to share in conversation with two artist/mothers from Minneapolis for this episode! Jessica Kitzman is an artist and teacher of K-12 public school art and Candida Gonzalez is an arts consultant, curator and independent artist. Our conversation is rooted in talking through the idea of visibility- what makes someone feel authentical…
 
I’m so grateful to have been joined in conversation this week with five amazing artists, mothers, and academics who have sustained friendship virtually while living across the country: Sara Poer, Carole Loeffler, Katie Ries, Carrie Scanga, and Carmina Eliason. These five women met as part of an “artist parent academic” peer support group (organized…
 
In this episode I talked with the incredible Claudia Pharés, a French-Canadian of Vietnamese-Egyptian descent native of Montreal, QC, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Claudia is an artist, a mother to two children, and a nurse. Her art practice includes photography, sculpture, installation, performance and video and is framed around autobi…
 
In this episode I am joined by two incredible artist/mothers both making work about motherhood and breastfeeding – Tracy M. Taylor and Katherine Duclos. We talk about their breastfeeding struggles, choices of materials, and their desires to amplify themes and concepts over sticking to one material or process. Both Tracy and Katherine have painting …
 
It was my pleasure to interview the multi-media artist (and new Crit Group Crew mentor) Anna Perach, a Ukrainian born Israeli artist living and working in London, UK. Using hand-sewn tufted carpets, Anna painstakingly creates garments that are then used in performance pieces inspired by Slavic folklore and her own community practices as a counselor…
 
I’m excited to share this important episode featuring mixed media artists Michelle Berg Radford and Amy Sacksteder in conversation on studio safety. Regardless of whether your concerns are environmental or medical, Michelle and Amy’s best practices translate across a variety of media including acrylic, oil, and more, and are great rules of thumb fo…
 
Wow, we are at the end of 2020! What a strange and challenging year it has been and yet when I stop to look back and think about everything that has happened in our Artist/Mother community, I am filled with so much gratitude. So much incredible connection has happened this year and despite the set […]…
 
It’s my pleasure to share this interview with Bethany Czarnecki, an artist/mother based in Westport, Connecticut. It’s worth noting at the outset that Bethany is another fabulous artist represented by Massey Klein Gallery in New York, alongside former Artist/Mother podcast guests Sarah Irvin and Allison Reimus. In her work, Bethany blends sensuous,…
 
I’m thrilled to share this episode featuring artist/mother Letitia Huckaby, a hybrid photographer based in Benbrook, Texas. Her work is inspired by faith, family history, and African American heritage, and reflects both her own innovation and the creativity of generations of her female forebears. In this way, “transference” (as in photography) beco…
 
Thanks to everyone who submitted voice memos in response to our newest Community Series Episode of the podcast! We asked how you all fit studio time into your lives and you shared some interesting and diverse ideas. Listen in this week! It’s so fun to hear from you in this community and share our podcast […]…
 
I’m thrilled to share this conversation with two artist/mothers that inspire me and inspire each other, Helen O’Leary and Barbara Campbell Thomas. The two met in a painting class at Penn State where Helen taught Barbara as an undergrad, and their paths have been intertwined ever since. Helen and Barbara join me for a rich […]…
 
Friends, it was an honor to spend an hour in conversation with the talented and thoughtful, Qiana Mestrich. Qiana is a photography-focused, interdisciplinary artist whose work sheds light on personal histories of class, race, social inequality, (post-)colonialism, and international migration. Qiana shares about the inspiration for her work and how …
 
Michele Johnsen is a painter based in northern New Hampshire. A retired art teacher, artist/mother, and artist/grandmother, Michele has been a longstanding influence on my own life since we met in the low-residency MFA at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (class of ‘17!). I’m as excited to share this conversation as I was to […]…
 
Today on the podcast I’m joined by the wonderful Lex Marie, an artist/mother based in the Washington, DC, area. Lex has been immersed in art for a long time, though her jump to career artist has been more recent. We talk about switching up your life path, working in cycles, and feeling unstoppable after natural […]…
 
I’m so excited to share this interview with Suchitra Mattai! Suchitra is an artist/mother based in Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two sons. With an MFA in Painting and Drawing as well as an MA in South Asian Art from the University of Pennsylvania, Suchitra is a formidable formal force! We […]…
 
Today’s interview features Maja Ruznic, an artist/mother based in Roswell, New Mexico, who received her MFA from CalArts and is easily recognizable from her stained canvases smeared with crushed up minerals and pigments. Maja is also a very new mom, so this interview is a true exclusive offering fresh insight into her particular experience as […]…
 
Today’s episode comes to you from Isadora Stowe and Sarah Sudhoff, two amazing artist/mothers who also happen to be Fall 2020 crit group mentors! These powerful women share their unique journeys with us and discuss everything from finding their paths in life and exploring new media to the ups and downs of running a single […]…
 
I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s episode featuring Anna Ogier-Bloomer, a feminist artist/mother who uses photography to document and interrogate domestic space. Anna walks me through her artistic life journey from being a children of hobbyist photographers in Cincinnati, to a college arts student in Boston, to a postgrad and then grad st…
 
I’m thrilled to share this conversation with Courtney Kessel, an artist/mother, maternal artist, academic, and arts administrator based out of Athens, Ohio. She currently oversees the Ohio University art galleries in addition to maintaining her own multimedia practice. Though Courtney moved often and wore many different hats in the ten years betwee…
 
I’m delighted to share this episode with Mary Beth Magyar with you! Mary Beth is a sculptor, teacher, community maker and mother to 2 young adults. Despite a lifelong interest in the arts, during the early years of starting her family, she put her art career aside to support her spouse and raise her kids. […]…
 
Today’s episode marks a first for Artist/Mother: our first artist/mother/art historian/poet! Caitlin Woolsey is all of those things and more, holding a PhD in art history from Yale and currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Clark Art Institute. While Caitlin’s scholarly research focuses on the intersections of sound, poetry, and performa…
 
I’m so excited to finally share this conversation recorded in March 2020 at Red Arrow Gallery, a fantastic artist/mother owned space dedicated to emerging artists in Nashville, TN. This panel was contemporaneous with the opening of the Artist/Mother group exhibition, “Painting at Night,” at Fort Houston in Nashville, TN. This panel brought me toget…
 
Madeline Donahue is an artist/mother from Houston, TX, based in New York with an extensive exhibition, residency, and illustration history. On today’s episode, Madeline joins me to talk about balancing time (and tone) around children, being present, and how to not just plan to make the work, but to make it! Madeline comes from a […]…
 
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