Call for Interviewees
Motherhood has a mythology, a socio-cultural belief system based on both the fact of motherhood and the perception of it. But who constructs the mythology of motherhood, who does it benefit and who does it exclude?
A study by Friedman, Weinberg and Pines (1998:78) found that sexuality and motherhood were mutually exclusive in perceptions. In their study, both male and female participants overwhelmingly perceived (based on photographs) that the more sexual a woman appears to be, the less likely it is that she is a ‘good mother’. This is an example of how prevailing mythology tacitly ascribes values to what a mother should or should not be, which are often entirely separated from capacity to nurture, tend and care. My project asks are similar assumptions made about mothers engaged in extreme sports? Dangerous professions? Or living alternative lifestyles?
I am currently interviewing ‘deviant’ mothers, that is those who recognise themselves as having deviated from socially accepted norms of the mother role and articulate an alternative identity through their activities, lifestyles, gender fluidity, career choices etc. These semi-structured interviews capture data from mothers (biologically or otherwise) based in locations across the globe.
These interviews will inform a body of work that I am developing as an artist-researcher, the outcomes are not yet determined but may include images, text, sound, sculptural pieces, film, research papers and web based media.
If you think you might be ‘deviant’ and would like to know more about the project and be willing to be interviewed, please get in touch with me, I’d love to hear from you.