The Mother Load

International Collaborative Art Project Documenting the Words and Work of Female Artists On View in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections

Dallas, TX—September 30, 2014—The Dallas Museum of Art presents the collaborative project The Mother Load, launched by artists Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio, in the Museum’s Center for Creative Connections (C3) through March 2015. Both Robertson and Macellaio have served as C3 visiting artists in the past, with Robertson participating in one of the first C3 Community Response projects in 2010, Woven Records.

What began as an idea a few years ago, when Robertson and Macellaio were faced with balancing the demands of being working professionals and new mothers, has grown into a global network of artists engaged in the Mother Load project. Since 2012, Robertson and Macellaio have been working to create a dynamic narrative about the convergence of art and motherhood and have launched a platform to collect, record and document on this topic.

“This installation is a great fit for the Center for Creative Connections because the nature is a form of social experimentation that involves the community in an artist’s dialogue,” stated Susan Diachisin, The Kelli and Allen Questrom Director of the Center for Creative Connections.

The exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art includes a collection of fingerprints and stories of artists and their children from around the globe. An interactive sculpture provides visitors with an opportunity to participate in a dialogue of nurturing life’s passions. These responses from the community will be collected and documented, and archived on the Mother Load project website throughout the six-month installation. Robertson and Macellaio are eager to hear the responses and learn if the Mother Load project can have an impact on a broader community outside of professional mothers and artists.

“The Mother Load project has opened a new perspective on our practice as artists, providing a window into the lives of women who, like us, have a desire to nurture all aspects of their lives with equal passion,” said Robertson. 

Originating in small Dallas networks, the Mother Load project has reached New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, the United Kingdom and beyond. New collaborations have emerged, one of which is bringing Israeli artist Shira Richter to Dallas to connect to participants of the project through a series of public performance lectures. Using such issues as feminism, politics, anthropology and popular culture, Richter's work addresses the fundamental roles that motherhood and art play in our lives. Richter will discuss her work and the Mother Load project during the Hot Potato Called Mother visual performance lecture in the DMA’s C3 Theater on October 2, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.