>> Thursday, April 29, 2010
CALLING ALL MAMAS.
Do you remember a few months ago, me telling you about a community art project on motherhood I'm participating in? It's called Greetings From Motherland, (check out the new button in my sidebar!) and it's a multi-arts, mixed-media, evolving, collaborative art project led by artist Mindy Stricke. We've been meeting weekly for months, talking in raw and honest ways about the experiences of new motherhood, and making art together. We're using the written word, abstract photography, miniatures, collage, sound, poetry, music, and more to authentically present the transition, challenges, and emotions that women experience when they become mothers. We present the familiar landmarks of our domestic landscape in unfamiliar settings and we slide a fresh lens in front of the viewfinder to showcase motherhood in a context that isn't often seen.
So where do you come in? Stay with me.
While Mindy will be taking the project back to Toronto this summer, our workshops here in Madison have been her pilot project, and our exhibition will be May 23 at the Goodman Community Center (more on that later). One of the exhibits will focus on sound, and we are recording ourselves singing unexpected lullabies. Rockabye Baby doesn't come naturally to every mother. Let's face it - some of us are more likely to sing country songs or Joan Baez or Ozzy Osbourne or made up songs about all the food in the produce aisle. And that's real motherhood, too.
We'd love to hear your unexpected lullabies and use them in the show. And you can contribute even if you live on the other side of the world. All you have to do is call The Motherland Line. Mindy set up a phone line that goes to a voice mailbox so that mothers could call at any time of day -- during those middle of the night wakings when you're losing your mind and you need to vent anonymously, or during the afternoon nap when you want to share an epiphany. But she's offering it up now for mothers to call in and sing a song - their unexpected lullaby - which we'll add to our repertoire and play (through headphones) in one of the exhibits at our show. EDITED TO ADD: Mindy wrote on the website that she would actually prefer (if you have the time) to record it as an mp3 or other sound file and email it to her. Click here for more info on that.
So are you in? I hope so. Here's the number. Call anytime, sing as many songs as you'd like. Your made up lullaby, an obscure song passed through your family, your favorite show tune or hair band ballad. And after you sing, explain briefly the story of your song, how it came to be your lullaby. (Or just sing and run. We'll take what we can get!)
We'll be thrilled if you participate. 202-59MOMMY (202-596-6669) To stay updated on Greetings From Motherland and online assignments, please head over to the official website to read up and subscribe.
I hope to post about another opportunity for you to participate (with writing) in the next week.