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Matrescence

Jun 1 – Jul 14, 2024

Curated by Catherine LeComte Lecce (MFA ’23 Photography)

Matrescence delves into the profound physical, psychological, and emotional changes experienced during pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and beyond. Featuring fifteen exceptional artists, the exhibition explores themes such as identity, postnatal medical care, miscarriage, caretaking, familial relationships, the decolonization of motherhood, and the navigation of the challenges and joys associated with parenting. 

The artists challenge societal norms surrounding artistry and motherhood through works in various mediums, including photography, video, painting, fiber arts, embroidery, sculpture, and installation. Hailing from the Greater Boston area, New York, and the West Coast, these artists showcase a diverse range of perspectives and experiences within the realm of motherhood and artistry.

Matrescence stands as a poignant testament to the resilience and creativity of artist mothers, challenging entrenched stereotypes and celebrating the profound complexities of motherhood. The exhibition invites contemplation, empathy, and collective understanding, offering a space for viewers to reflect on their own experiences or gain insight into this universal journey. Additionally, it highlights the historical challenges faced by artist mothers, who were often excluded from the art world after becoming mothers. This historical context underscores the enduring need for acceptance and recognition of mothers’ artistic contributions, reclaiming their rightful place in both historical and contemporary art spheres and in society at large.

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