I recently launched a new project titled Motherhood ABC, exploring personal feelings about the prospect of becoming a mother, as well as historical, cultural and social stereotypes about motherhood. The work raised many questions and discussions (which is always great!), so I decided to clarify few points:
– The project originated from a commission centred around Ziedoņdārzs park in Riga, which is where (and why) all the portraits were taken.
– There is a degree of irony in the project, addressed towards both myself and the society. On the one hand, the idea of creating an ABC book to learn what qualities make a perfect mother is a direct comment on the fact that, at the age of 25, I and many of my peers feel absolutely unprepared to become parents. One the other hand, my choice of words to describe a perfect mother reflect some of the many social stereotypes about parenthood. For instance, the popular culture commodifies motherhood, suggesting practical values like fast or comfortable:
historical lessons may or may not appear irrelevant in the modern age:
and my parents have their own convictions that you are free to agree or disagree with (I strongly disagree, but that’s another story):
The work playfully raises many other questions that I felt are important to address, for instance, what does it mean for a mother to be creative?
Can a mother be innocent?
and do two mothers and no father still count as a family?
Hope this answers some of the question, but please keep them coming!