Rachael Grad asserts that Remote Residencies support an exercise in curatorial collections of mother artists who managed to create artwork and keep up their studio practice while parenting and teaching during COVID 19 pandemic. The artist mothers she identified found ways of collaborating with other parent artists while also making art at home; they created on desks and also big art in public spaces. At different times, the women featured in this MoM online exhibit have involved their children in art-making while still craving, and carving out, an autonomous practice as well. They drew strength both from alone time and from working with other parent artists. By capturing aspects of their own worlds, while quarantining at home with children and partners, these mothers have been able to express themselves during difficult circumstances. The evidence of this is elucidated in this here. August, 2022.
Pandemic Parenting Online Exhibit Curator Rachael Grad, is a mom of three and former lawyer who has studied and worked in the US, France, Italy, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Grad left practicing law to study painting full-time at the New York Studio School and New York University (NYU) before transferring to OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Trained as an observational painter, Grad has focused on colourful painting that blurs the distinction between abstract, figurative, and representational styles. Read the intro blog about Rachael Grad’s Residency here