Parenthood Exhibit by Heather Stoltz

Parenthood: The Life of an Artist/Mother
Fiber Art by Heather G. Stoltz

May 1 – June 1, 2017
Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave, Harrison NY

– Directly across the street from the Metro North train station

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 7,  2-4 pm

This solo show will feature Heather’s new series about parenthood. It is no secret that parenting is hard, all-consuming, and immensely rewarding. “Parenthood: The Life of an Artist/Mother” is a fiber art series expresses the many feelings of parenthood, from the moments of joy, to the intense guilt that pulls us in different directions, to the instinct to protect our children from this frightening world. It is also a visual representation of the tension Heather feels between her life as an artist and her life as a mother.

Protection

Artist Statement:

Parenthood: The Life of an Artist/Mother

When my daughter was born, I was suddenly thrust into motherhood and it was all consuming. This new little being became the center of my universe and I happily put aside much of what I used to do, including my art. There would be plenty of time for art making when she was bigger, I thought. Less than two years later, my son was born and our amazing little family took all my energy and focus.

But I was starting to notice that something was missing. My only identity was that of a mother. What had happened to the me that existed before kids? What happened to my artist self? I never completely stopped making art. There were a few commissions and workshops in those years, but my artist self needed to express herself. She needed time to create.

“Parenthood: The Life of an Artist/Mother” is a visual representation of the tension I feel between my life as an artist and my life as a mother. This fiber art series also expresses the many feelings of parenthood, from the moments of joy, to the intense guilt that pulls us in different directions, to the instinct to protect our children from this frightening world.

Web of Guilt

Detail of Web of Guilt

 

Torn Complete

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