AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractArt and maternal subjectivity: an ongoing relation’ is an online journal column I wrote for M/other voices organisation in Rotterdam, NL following an artist talk I gave in July 2014. Both research events explore the research question below. They form part of the ongoing iterative research which weaves through my arts practice and art writing on Art, Maternal and Matrixial Encounters. This research is located in my PhD research Art, Maternal and Matrixial Encounters (University of Sheffield, 2014). Working with maternity as a thinking apparatus and as integral to my practice is manifested in the collaborative arts practice ‘a place of their own’ (see separate Udora handle and website link), and various distributed pieces of writing, talks and art projects. The concept of the matrixial recurs in this work, referring to artist and psychoanalyst Bracha Ettingers’ matrixial theory which explores the lasting legacy of the intrauterine encounter between the I (foetus in late stages of pregnancy) and non I (pregnant woman). Throughout this work the research question is: if maternity is taken to be a thinking apparatus, a concept, an encounter, as well as a lived experience what insights and new knowledge might emerge from arts practice and art writing that explores the complex entanglements of ‘maternity’ (in its broadest sense) and art?
CitationMcCloskey, P. (2015). ‘Art and maternal subjectivity: an ongoing relation’, M/other Voices, 20 April. Available at: https://www.mothervoices.org/column/2015/9/14/d65ata45l9pm1h3f7laroopr19ciu4#_edn1.