Closing event

To celebrate the last day of the exhibition ”An Artist Residency in Motherhood” at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, three people/groups were invited to respond to works in the exhibition, to give voice to the silent pieces. The poet Joy Katz read from her collection “All You Do Is Perceive” in which she records the mix of…

Otto Clayton / Tom Friedman

At the Dollar General in Alfred, New York I turned around and saw that Otto had made this. Quietly extending the cups from a single package to a perfectly leaning tower by himself while I was looking at stickers. He had stepped back and was considering it. I don’t think I’ve ever felt prouder. I…

$12

today I brought home:   A metal cup A magazine rack A toy tape measure A small foldy metal shelf A new wallet made of eel skin A small plastic animal like a badger Some discoloured envelopes and notepaper 25 antique wooden children’s blocks with letters on A queen-sized stained and old green/white curtain depicting…

No Otto

Today for the first time I completely and unexpectedly lost sight of Otto. I looked at where he just was and saw this; I ran and found him crouching behind a bush looking at things and laughing. I had imagined everything else.

Motherhood interferes with Feminism

I took Otto to the exhibition “Feminist and” imagining that he would sleep but he didn’t. With a 17 month old running through the galleries in front of me my main engagement with the exhibition was a continuous judgment as to each work’s potential to be either damaged or dangerous. We spent almost all our…