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'Troubling the Maternal'

Wallace, Louise (2015) 'Troubling the Maternal'. In: Motherhood and Creative Practice, South Bank University London. South Bank University. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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'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).

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:maternal; painting; ambivalence; motherhood; children
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:37510
Deposited By: Dr Louise Wallace
Deposited On:12 Apr 2017 12:01
Last Modified:12 Apr 2017 12:01

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