Mother and Child


“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

(Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Luke 2:19)

MFA Thesis, Studio Art

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

May – June, 2014

            My recent work takes the form of a collection of sculpted and found objects, referencing archaeological artifacts, scientific specimens, and religious relics, to explore how we create systems of understanding through physical items. The arrangement of objects connects art, science, and spirituality, to emphasize their commonalities, and reveal how they can be used in conjunction to create order and meaning out of lived experience. In these pieces I combine detritus and ephemera from my daily life with images inspired by mythology to explore the roles and limitations which society sets out for women, particularly in motherhood.

While our culture celebrates the wonders of the maternal experience, the view of what that experience should look like tends to be very narrow, leaving little to no room for a woman to experience doubt, discontent, self-interest, ambition, sexuality, or any number of other human emotions. By addressing my personal experience of motherhood from an honest, less conventional perspective, my intention is to contribute to rewriting the cultural paradigm of motherhood.

When I say the phrase to myself, “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart,” I think of all of the epiphanies I’ve had, the sculptures and drawings I’ve made, the memorabilia I collect, or painfully discard, and how I want so desperately to hold onto all of these things, knowing they will inevitably slip away.