RESEARCH: "re.conceive" (2021/22)

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This project is research led, investigating the invisibility of Infertility within the new wave of maternal visual arts. Its aims are to explore and visually theorise the transformational process of becoming a (M)Other, challenging traditional reproduction to reconceive a sub-maternal.

Its themes are focused on Embodiment - looking at embryonic/egg imaging, re-appropriating (male) science to question the commodification & mechanisation of the female body; and Identity – looking at the infertile female and its challenge to the feminine economy and normative motherhood within capitalist neo-liberal society.



The project ran for 12 months from March 2021 to March 2022 (although many collaborations continue)

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.








ARTIST MEETING: WITH TRACEY M. TAYLOR..

14/01/2022

Exchanging ideas with Tracey Taylor ...more

BOOK CONTRIBUTION: AN ARTIST AND A MOTHER

14/11/2021

FORTHCOMING: "Ma – reframing the representation of the maternal subject in the (negative) space of (m)otherhood" in An Artist and A Mother book by Demeter Press. ...more

LECTURE: DELIVERED AT COVENTRY BIENNIAL...

10/11/2021

Delivering Mothers Who Make: 'Infertility in the Arts' Artist Lecture ...more

EXHIBITION: I WANT YOUR DRAWING. THREE OF OBSESSIONS

18/09/2021

Human Algorithm series" shown at I Want Your Drawing Exhibition in Madrid, Spain. ...more

EXHIBITION: FEATURED ARTIST AT THE PETRI DISH PROJECT, TEBBS GALLERY...

27/08/2021

Very pleased to be asked to show my work at The Petri Dish Project by @tebbscontemporaryartgallery
Great range of art works looking at the connections between Art & Science and more. ...more

ARTIST MEETING: WITH HEATHER MICHEL RIDDLE...

29/07/2021

Exchanging ideas with Heather Michel Riddle ...more

ARTIST MEETING: WITH CHRISTIANA UPDEGRAFF..

29/07/2021

Exchanging ideas with Christiana Updegraff ...more

RESEARCH VISIT: BIRTH RITES SUMMER SCHOOL..

19/07/2021

An intensive learning week at the Birth Rites Collection Summer School ...more

AWARD SHORTLIST: JERWOOD PHOTOWORKS AWARD...

15/07/2021

Through my work on this project with public participants, I was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Photoworks award with my proposal of a "Domestic Archive on Infertility" ...more

MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTION: MATERNAL ART

07/06/2021

"Reconceive Invisibilities" in Maternal Art

Maternal Art is a UK based independent Gallery & publishing house, bringing together work by artists who produce inspirational work about the maternal. My article " Reconceive Invisibilities" was published in June 2021. ...more

EXHIBITION: MATERNOCHRONICS

05/06/2021

"Sub-maternal Exhaustion during a Pandemic" shown in the fabulous Maternochronics exhibition ...more

PRESS: FERTILITY ARTICLE BY HETTIE JUDAH...

19/05/2021

Critic and journalist, Hettie Judah, writes about my My Infertile Platitudes series, alongside other contemporary art on (in)fertility, in Elephant Magazine ...more

PROJECT CONTRIBUTION: REMAKING THE HUMAN BODY RESEARCH PROJECT...

10/05/2021

I shared some of my work-in-progress with the 'Remaking the Human Body' team shared details about their research process and findings. An opportunity to investigate some of the synergies between our projects, which in different ways explore how reproduction, fertility and (non-)reproductive bodies are visualised or, sometimes, become invisible. ...more

PROJECT CONTRIBUTION: CONCEIVING FOR XR...

05/05/2021

I worked with XR Psychologists with some of my images and writings on Infertility to transpose them into pieces for a new era that is being conceived and nurtured in the run up to COP26. ...more

BOOK CONTRIBUTION: ART OF INFERTILITY...

26/04/2021

Working with Art of Infertility on their forthcoming book on Patient Narrative ...more

ONLINE WORKSHOPS: THE VESSEL

16/04/2021

"The Vessel" led by Jess Timmis ...more

PUBLIC PARTICIPANTS: Call Out...

15/03/2021

As part of my re.conceive project I worked with a large number of public participants on a series of online tasks. The responses were overwhelming and incredibly moving. ...more