Artist/Mother Podcast

Kaylan Buteyn

The Artist/Mother podcast interviews incredible working Artists who are also Mothers, inviting them to share from their experiences as they make art and mother their children. We hope these interviews inspire you to dedicate time, passion, and energy to your art practice while simultaneously being the best parent you can be.

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An act of defiance can mean many things – like squeezing time in at the end of the day to create when you are the most tired or getting up early to keep certain rituals sacred. Even saying “no” to certain activities to make sure your creative practice is not disrupted takes a great amount of strength and perseverance. The artists interviewed in this panel discussion are finding time in the margins to make beautiful and meaningful work. Beth Welch, Stefanie Zito, and Tai Lipan all have pieces juried into our 2nd annual “Painting At Night” juried exhibition at ArtLink, and we had an amazing time together talking about goals, dreams, and, of course, motherhood. We also took some time to discuss their specific pieces juried into the “Painting At Night” exhibition. Stefanie’s large suspended soft sculpture hangs down and puddles on the floor – a long list with holes punched out – speaking to finding time in the margins to create. As she talks about the color of her piece – almost a yellow legal pad color – she discusses how using turmeric played into her content since it is a dye that fades quickly – much like her time. Beth explains how the materials deeply influence her content – the charcoal used for the mother, fading and not taken as seriously in contrast with the pen and ink used for the children, painstaking work with permanent marks. When Tai opens up about her work, she discusses how the pandemic shaped this wooden painting in particular – the warm light emanating from inside the flushed, warm colors… a family in tight constraints, but feeling and growing together.   It was interesting to hear the different phases of motherhood that each of these artists are currently experiencing. Stefanie has 2 very young kids and mostly constructs her soft sculptures during nap times, while Tai has 3 older children and while she might have more freedom, still admits that being a professor on top of being an artist and a mother definitely eats into time that she wishes she could be investing in a thriving art community. Beth, because she works full time as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, only has time after her 3 year old goes to bed to do a deep dive into her meticulous drawings. Each one works so differently, and brings meaning and value to not only their art practice, but motherhood as well. “Don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself”, Beth points out. If we, as a society, took the time to really value the labor that mothers take on, then maybe we would have more time with them… more time to laugh, to pass on wisdom, to share in life’s joys and sorrows. Tai also points out the importance of being authentic. We should not be afraid to show who we really are with all our beauty marks, scars, and experiences – simple or complex as they may be. Art is something we HAVE to do, as Stefanie exclaims – the life blood that allows us to not only pour into others we care about, but also fuel the passions that keeps our engines running – if we give it the time it deserves. Beth Final Five: Biggest Art Crush: Annette NewkirkDream Trip: All of EuropeFilm or book: Untamed by Glennon Doyle, Midnight Library by Matt HaigFavorite meal: GumboShout-out: Husband and the Artist/Mother community To see more of Beth’s work please visit her website and follow her on IG @bethwelchstudio Tai Final Five:  Biggest Art Crush: Cranach the ElderDream Trip: SpainFilm or book: The Overstory by Richard Powers and The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsFavorite meal: Indian foodShout-out: Husband and kid

Nov 22

1 hr 11 min

Artist/Mother Podcast 110: Authentic Moves- From a Business Background into a Thriving Art Career with Pooja Pittie Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x Fast Forward 30 seconds 00:00 / 01:05:57 Subscribe Share Apple Podcasts Spotify RSS Feed

Nov 14

1 hr 6 min

Sometimes the very goal we are trying to achieve is also the very thing that keeps us from achieving that goal – enter the Artist/Mother life! In this episode I talked with Lee Nowell-Wilson (a return guest and dear friend) about maternal ambivalence, creating boundaries, and our recent collaboration during the Elsewhere Studios residency. Lee Nowell-Wilson (b. Easton, MD 1989) is an American figurative artist who builds autobiographical drawings that investigate the emotional and ambivalent undertones within birth, domestic labor and human relationship. Nowell-Wilson earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably New York City and Scotland. In 2019, she founded MILKED, a new arts publication featuring visual art, photography and the written word by female artists investigating the maternal figure and form. Because her work is so closely entwined with motherhood, I knew she would be the perfect person with whom to collaborate. Lee describes our process so wonderfully in her editor’s note for the accompanying issue of PINT (which is her bi-monthly smaller publication stemming from MILKED): “We initially got waitlisted after applying to Elsewhere Studios Residency program, and then the pandemic hit. In an accompanying Artist/Mother podcast episode to this issue of PINT, we share the process of these past two years, how this project changed and shifted from that initial coffee hour, through the pandemic and towards our final production. I became pregnant and gave birth to our third baby over that time period. Kaylan and I both moved houses. We kept daily journals, we texted, we DM’d each other and Polo’d.  It became easy to see just how layered the experience is behind motherhood and the material we were collecting. We recognized how “Maternal Ambivalence” is a large topic, existing on a sensitive spectrum that is experienced by many on nuanced levels. We recognized that the tension is real, sometimes debilitating (which holds no shame! Please seek professional help if you feel you’re past your limit). We sought to highlight blurred experiences of the mother and the unseen power dynamics that can arise from the conflict of needs that are constantly shifting between mother and child. For me, the final paintings and drawings that have formed feel percolated — gradually filtered through months and months of personal, societal and political uprooting & transformation.” What a wonderful time over the past several months collaborating on this project with Lee! We both learned so much about each other – including learning how to let the project ebb and flow naturally without pushing it forward before it was ready. We also learned to celebrate every accomplishment instead of feeling guilt over missed deadlines. We hope that you will listen to this episode with an open heart, and maybe even be on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate with other artists you admire.View and download the episode of PINT created just for this project HERE! To see more of Lee’s work please visit her website – including her publications MILKED and PINT – and follow her on IG @leenowellwilson The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her

Nov 7

1 hr 28 min

How do we recognize the power that we carry? In this interview with sculptor Melanie Cooper Pennginton, we talk about the dichotomies found in her work that explore our inner workings as humans. Her burdened beasts are approachable, yet foreboding – a gentle warning to the viewer that fear and shame unchecked turns to entrapment and solitude. She reflects that these larger than life creatures reflect her own emotions – the mixing of hard and soft materials a direct reference to her own body and feelings. As we dive more into her work, we discuss the importance of realizing our own power as humans, even when we feel frail. When discussing her childhood, Melanie reflects that her happy place, even as a child, has always been mud and water. She and her brother used to flood the backyard of their California home and make mud cities. This love of creating objects pushed her into a more classical education in sculpture, specifically the figure. She spent a lot of time in adulthood taking workshops with genre artists like Western “cowboy” sculptors who taught her how to bring an object to life with energy and movement – how to sculpt and draw every tendon and tensed muscle just so. In graduate school, which she did not attend until she was 37 years old, she researched fetish objects and images that suggested transfers of power in religion – specifically in Christianity. The combination of all these influences is what makes her work what it is today. As we dive deeper into our discussion, Melanie talks about her time as a mother with babies and young children. The pressure she put on herself to make art created a shame spiral where she felt helpless and very alone. However, she declares that she wishes she had given herself the grace to just take a break instead of constantly feeling guilty that she did not have the brain space or energy to create. We also discuss the dangers of comparison, and how no two artists’ journeys are alike – and that is a good thing. In her current work the “fumbling” nature of her anthropomorphic figures resemble toddlers trying to find their way. Maybe it is reassuring to think that as artists and as people we are always fumbling – but that is what makes life and art exciting… the searching for new possibilities, the stretching into a new skin, and the beauty that comes from growth and knowing your own strength. Final Five Biggest Art Crush: Berlinde de Bruyckere Dream Trip: Italy Film or book:  My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok and Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Favorite meal: Vietnamese food Shout-out: her crit group, and mentors Jeff Thompson and Malcolm Smith To see more of Melanie’s work please visit her website and follow her on IG @melaniecooperpenningtonThe Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteynThanks so much to our sponsor COZI for helping us bring you this episode! Cozi is a surprisingly simple family calendar that can help busy families stay organized and well connected!

Oct 25

1 hr 13 min

It was such a pleasure to share a conversation with Amy Lincoln about creating a successful solo show! Amy is a New York-based artist who makes imaginative, intensely hued paintings of the natural world. She currently has a solo show on view at Sperone Westwater Gallery in NYC and Amy shares with me her process for preparing for this particular show. We talk about the challenges associated with putting together a show in a time crunch verses the benefits of planning ahead when you can. Amy shares some strategies for how she sets herself up to feel good about a solo show including finding the minimum amount of art you need to create to fill the space and working out from there.Amy was raised in a family of music and art appreciators and vowed from a young age that she would never stop drawing or painting, even though she didn’t necessarily anticipate growing up to become an artist. Amy’s work reflects the childhood she had in Oregon and recent paintings depict beach scenes with sun rays, storms, character-filled clouds and more. Amy has an affinity for simplicity and pairing down her practice and process to the essentials. She tells me her strategy for limiting choices within her work, whether that is palette, a point of focus or panel size, in order to feel more focused in the studio and create a strong and cohesive body of paintings. A mindset she picked up in graduate school, Amy’s sensibility to prioritize logistics and practicality in her studio practice means she’s reserving energy for her work and avoiding “reinventing the wheel” or creating new sets of problems every time she’s in the studio. We also talk about her decision to have kids despite the overwhelming questions she had wondering if a person could actually be a successful artist while also being a parent. While Amy is now working full time as an artist, she shares honestly about the many years she juggled part time jobs including bookkeeping, catering, prop styling and more so that she could make ends meet to pay rent in NYC before her work started selling consistently. Amy shares honestly about the juggling that occurs and flexibility needed to make her life as an artist and parent of two young kids work for her and her family. Check out Amy’s solo show currently up at Sperone Westwater through the end of October 2021 and enjoy this relevant conversation now or visit it again when you are preparing for a solo show in the future! It will definitely give you lots of inspiration for your process. Final Five:Art crush: David Hockney Travel: Oregon to see family Favorite Meal: Husband’s “Utica Greens”Shout out: Her Mom & Husband To see more of Amy’s work be sure to head to her website or follow her on IG @amyplincoln The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn Thanks so much to our sponsor 

Oct 18

1 hr 10 min

How can caring for others bring healing in the midst of pain? In this tender and heartfelt interview, I interviewed three amazing artists in the CARE exhibition I curated through the Dear Artists program run by Benz Amataya. As we discuss how we process our care for others, we examine our reasons for making art and why art is indeed therapy – no matter how conceptual or intuitive. Michela Martello, Alice Stone-Collins, and Brianna Hernández each utilize different expressions and media, but identify deeply with each other in how caring for others brings forth a unique perspective in art-making.  In my curatorial statement (see full statement here) for this exhibition, I say: “Parenting, Caregiving and being in relationship with others can give us so much love and joy, filling our cup in many ways. However most of us also experience heightened stress and anxiety due to caregiving… Caring for ourselves and caring about social issues that are important to us can also be a source of anxiety… How do we cope with seeing so much suffering in the world?” Each woman in this interview has such a unique upbringing and art journey. As Michela discusses her early childhood ideas of being a “paintress” when she was growing up in a very machismo Italian culture, Alice recalls how she grew up in an extremely remote woodsy area as an only child and had to make her own fun! Brianna reveals that art was always a part of her life so much through dance, music, visual art, cooking, and writing, that it wasn’t until graduate school that she really had to define why she decided to pursue art. As we delve more into the interview, we discuss the hard subjects of how caring for others shapes not only their artwork, but also their personhood. Michela talks about working with veterans, those who are incarcerated, and those with disabilities, and how caring for others with no expectation of care in return can be so healing and freeing. As she combines many types of symbology in her own artwork, it helps her make sense of different mindsets and cultures. Brianna discusses the end-of-life care that she provides to others, and how this heart-wrenching deep dive often leads to a cathartic art-making process in which graves turn to moss and flowers, and performative dances become mirrors to the soul. Alice reflects on her move to suburbia, and, while she won’t be baking any cookies for the bus driver any time soon, she does use her suburban surroundings to help her process her husband’s mental disorders – a candy-coated world filled with ironic humor, but also absurdity and a subtle darkness. In the end we agree that no matter the approach to art-making, art IS therapy. Life is filled with sadness then joy, heartache then healing, loss then new life. Caring for others in its various forms can be draining and sometimes even feel hopeless – but art is always there to make sense of it all. Final Five: Michela Biggest art crush: Giotto, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo Dream trip: Japan Inspiring film or book: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Favorite meal: spaghetti Shoutout: Dawn Delikat at Pen + Brush, and husband Alice Biggest art crush: Vivian Maier, Alice Neelm Kara Walker Dream trip: Ireland or Alaska Inspiring film or book: Hold Still by Sally Mann  Favorite meal: any meal she doesn’t have to cook Shoutout: her mother Brianna Biggest art crush: Can

Oct 11

1 hr 31 min

It was such a pleasure talking with Hudson Valley, NY based artist, Julia Whitney Barnes, in this interview about being flexible in your art practice, experimenting with new processes, and creating boundaries to play within. By relinquishing the more traditional and time-consuming aspects of her oil-painting process, Julia was able to retain the creativity of blending colors and creating compositions, and let go of the tedious underpainting process – which, in her case, she achieves through cyanotypes. She also discusses a big income-maker for her: prints! Although initially she was resistant to the idea of selling prints of her work, she found quality materials that worked well, and met the challenge head on. In addition to her water-colored cyanotypes, Julia also makes oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, murals, and site-specific installations. She has exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. She was awarded fellowships from New York State Council on the Arts administered through Arts Mid-Hudson, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting/National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Gowanus Public Art Initiative, among others. In her “Hudson River of Bricks” installation, she mirrors the scale of the Hudson River with old handmade bricks from Hudson River Valley brickyards – their varied colors and imprinted names on each brick a view into the past. As we delve more deeply into her process and artist/mother life, we look at how her upbringing shaped her artistic and creative path. Born on a kitchen floor in Vermont during her aunt’s birthday party, and then growing up in a very musical and creative family (her father being a poet and her mother having degrees in Psychology, Teaching, and Divinity), Julia’s path to becoming an artist was natural and encouraged. Even though she entered Parsons School of Art & Design as a declared Fashion and Art major, she quickly learned that she preferred the fine arts route, and threw herself into oil painting. It wasn’t until she had children that she expanded her art practice into photography – namely, cyanotypes. The cyanotype process affords Julia the perfect mix of freedom, play, and boundaries. She enjoys the immediacy of creating her floral compositions with the cyanotype process (often times involving her young children), and also revels in the joy of watercolors – the way she can mix a color on her palette, leave it for a month or longer, and with just the simple addition of water, return it to its full potential. We also discuss how these same thought processes apply to the artist/mother life so perfectly: the balance between letting go and at the same creating boundaries reveals a calm and a sense of play that is so satisfying and necessary. Through this very specific art-making, Julia delightfully forges new territory and nurtures these new processes into fully realized works – much as we all nurture and shape our children.  Final Five:Biggest Art Crush: Betty Woodman and Inka EssenhighDream Trip: Holland and/or PortugalFilm or book: Wizard of OzFavorite meal: Salmon with cous-cous and veggies that husband makesShout-out: Husband, mom, sister To see more of Julia’s work please visit her website and follow her on IG @juliawhitneybarnesThe Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Oct 3

1 hr 8 min

During a year of uncertainty and fear, these three artists I interviewed found catharsis and validation – all thanks to a curated show by Anna McKeown at Stay Home Gallery. Anna is part of a curatorial program at Stay Home Gallery which has given 8 selected curators the chance to curate an exhibition in 2021 around a specific open call. This exhibition, “Accepting the Unexpected”, shows the viewer that there is power and freedom to be found in authenticity. Through a variety of media including photography, quilting, and embroidery, these artists show that there is beauty in their exploration of isolation. In the beginning of my discussion with Anna McKeown, Kathryn Rodrigues, and Anna Wallace, we explore each woman’s childhood and background, and what brought each one to her current body of work. Anna McKeown, the oldest of six children, recalls her need for not only standing out from the rest of her siblings, but making her thoughts and feelings heard. Her current textile pieces include short sayings like “just fine” and “full of it” that she embroiders onto quilts – the girly and gaudy nature of her aesthetic inviting the viewer in, then surprising with the vulnerable nature of her phrasing. Kathryn talks about growing up in a military family and living most of her childhood outside the US – moving 13 times! Because she grew up exposed to many different cultures, she loves exploring identity in her own work. Anna Wallace says that she developed a love for photography at an early age – even making pinhole cameras with her mom – but studied ceramics in art school. It wasn’t until recently that she found a love for textile arts, and is self-taught in this area.  Anna also discusses Kathryn and Anna Wallace’s work, and what prompted her to curate them into the exhibition at Stay Home Gallery. In contrast to her own work, which is almost entirely autobiographical, Anna McKeown admires the way that Kathryn’s photographs seem to observe the world from afar, and recalls having a visceral reaction to her pieces. Kathryn describes these black and white medium format photographs in her “Homesick” series as a way to share in the collective grief that the past year during the pandemic brought upon all of us. She desires to show the longing for freedom and connection but also the security of the separation. When deciding to curate Anna Wallace’s work into the exhibition, Anna McKeown says that while she was already familiar with her work, this “cootie catcher” piece about miscarriage really spoke to her – the heart-wrenching phrases stitched onto the fabric so vulnerable and personal. As we wrap up our discussion, we share the difficulties surrounding the Artist/Mother life, and how expectations can be so crippling – the expectation to feed your baby a certain way, to parent in the purest form, to take everything on without asking for help, and the list goes on. The hope we have in our children’s – and our art journey’s – milestones and final products is something we have absolute and at the same time zero control over. The outside world seems overwhelming and intrusive to our insular worlds we have created… but it is in this push and pull between letting out and taking in that we give life to our lungs – ever growing and changing, but still rooted in our identities. Final Five: Anna McKeownBiggest Art Crush: Shelby RodefferDream Trip: IrelandFilm or book: Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette”Favorite meal: Post-partum meal of a cheeseburger, fries, and Dr. PepperShout-out: C

Sep 27

1 hr 8 min

In a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, California, there is an artist/mother embroidering pillows and sheets – mixing colors of threads to make new colors and working around all the nail holes currently in the wall to pin up new work and critique it from across the room. This inspiring woman is Carmen Mardonez. Carmen is a Chilean textile artist making work that seeks to radically reimagine intimate spaces of memories, dreams, and discovery. In our conversation, we discussed her Catholic upbringing in Chile, her self-declaration as an artist, and how the Artist/Mother community helped shape her visibility – especially when she moved to the US in 2017 a newborn baby in her arms, and not knowing a soul other than her husband. As the oldest of nine siblings (mostly female), Carmen regularly took care of her younger siblings and helped them learn the skills that were needed for home-making – the stand-out being embroidery and sewing. As she reminisces fondly about the closeness with her family, she also states, as she aged into adulthood, that she wanted to break free of those more traditional restraints. Carmen studied History and Arts in the Catholic University of Chile, and received her master’s degree in Community Psychology at the University of Chile, but it wasn’t until moving to the US in 2017 that she declared she would be an artist. In her retelling of her first months in the US, she recalls how she turned to the Artist/Mother community for support, and they were there to catch her and encourage her. By transforming embroidery into something beyond its original intention, Carmen both honors her heritage and transcends it. The brightly colored threads push and pull on their domestic objects of pillows and sheets – trying all at once to dig in and also break free. The labor of pain-stakingly hand-stitching every stitch – poking and prodding at domesticity – points to a larger story of living life as an artist and a mother. What are the threads that connect us all? What does it take to build a home and a community? As Carmen wrestles intuitively, playfully, and freely with these themes, she invites the viewer to consider her own life, and to be encouraged by the simplicity and power of a single thread. Final Five: Biggest Art Crush: Joana Vasconcelos, Gabriel David, Suchitra Mattai Dream Trip: Visit home in Chile Film or book: Netflix series Grace and Frankie Favorite meal: French Fries Shout-out: Artist/Mother community and husband To see more of Carmen’s work please visit her website and follow her on IG @desbordado The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Sep 20

1 hr 3 min

In this panel discussion I sat down with Carolina Porras, Director of Elsewhere Studios, Laura Deutch, a summer resident at Elsewhere Studios, and Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, in Paonia, Colorado, where I was also living for several days this summer at the Elsewhere Studios residency with my own family. All three rely on a tight community and relational art practices to make their work. The combination of living or spending a few weeks as a resident in this creative Colorado town with the power of the virtual space, these women find ways to make traveling and relational works as well as write books and participate in performances.  Through discussions involving the importance of relational art practices, alternative lifestyles, and cross-cultural mindsets, we arrive at the conclusion that no matter the lifestyle choice, the difficult artist/mother dilemma remains. How do I let go of guilt and shame around making time for my art practice? How do I flex my creative muscles while my children are ever-present? Cara reflects that her artistic practice is actually all the moments that make up her life – with all its changes in energy and ambiguity throughout the day. Laura discusses how relationship-building fuels her art projects, and how she and her husband often collaborate to create experiences in their Philadelphia, PA community. In the spirit of community, Carolina discusses the importance of family involvement of Elsewhere Studios, where she is the Director. She recounts the many times that the children attending with their artist parent or parents have presented their own artwork to the residency community, and how it has been received with great enthusiasm. All three panelists agree that the small town of Paonia, CO, while it is not a big art center in the traditional sense, offers so much – support and enthusiasm within the community, reasonable rent and living expenses, and, maybe most importantly, the freedom to explore many different types of media in a welcoming space.    Carolina Porras joined Elsewhere Studios as Program Manager in 2017, after being a resident there two years in a row. She is the co-creator of Piney Wood Atlas, a country-wide artist residency research project conceptualized with another former Elsewhere resident. She is 2018-19 recipient of Alliance of Artist Communities Diversity + Leadership Fellowship.  Laura Deutch is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and cultural organizer committed to using media as a tool for social justice, creative expression and community building. Her projects traverse digital and analog mediums to investigate the relationships between people, places and their stories. She currently works as the Education and Production Director at PhillyCAM, serves on the board of Termite TV, and holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff is a scholar/activist/artist/mother whose work engages feminist embodied theory, and has been the subject of several documentaries for international public television and film. In addition to critically-acclaimed Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era (EifrigPublishing, 2017), her books include: Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene (PennState UniversityPress, 2014) and Climate Justice Now: Transforming the Anthropocene into The Ecozoic Era (Routledge, 2020 pending).  Final Five Cara: Biggest art crush: her mom Dream trip: treehouses in Turkey Inspiring film or book: 100 Years of Solitude

Sep 13

1 hr 10 min

It was an absolute inspiration to talk with Nashville-based artist Vadis Turner in this episode as we discuss beauty in the messes, joy found in personal materials, and the continuous power of a transformative journey. Vadis Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2016. Her first solo museum exhibition, Tempest, was at the Frist Art Museum in 2017. Turner’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, 21C Hotel & Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee State Museum, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Selected group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN and Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN. She has been an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts & Design, NYC, Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY and Hambidge Center, GA. Selected press features include Artforum, The New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine, Elle Magazine, Vanityfair.com, Observer, Artnet.com and White Hot Magazine. In the beginning of the interview, we discuss the profound power of transformation. A majority of Vadis’s work involves selecting mundane domestic items and manipulating them in a way that allows them to transcend their original purpose – like frilly tween curtains that morph into sinister hissing portals, for example. She admits that her studio space is messy, but that the mess is actually where she is the most comfortable – a constantly spinning nucleus that continually gives and inspires. We talk about the power of simplifying and editing – not only in art-making, but also in parenting and life-living.  As we talk more about her process and her art journey, Vadis recalls the importance of her studio space at her Grandparents’ house, and how this place influences her work. She lives in downtown Nashville with her two sons and partner, but creates work in this sacred family homestead just north of Nashville in Gallatin, TN. Burnpiles, old family textiles, and watching storms roll through the landscape are all points of inspiration, as she wills the materials to “misbehave”. Vadis finds great excitement and inspiration in defying and transcending expectations whether it be abstract or concrete… What are the expectations of this old piece of wood or cement, and what could it turn into? What are the societal expectations of a middle-aged woman, and what will flip the script? In this nuanced in-between, in this transcendence, is where her work powers through and rises up to something greater than herself – an undefinable light in the chaos, “gloriously flawed”. Final Five: Biggest art crush: Rashid Johnson and Harmony Hammond Dream trip: Vietnam Film or book: Consolations by David White and “A Promising Young Woman” film Favorite meal: Oysters and french fries and a few negronis  Shout-out: Poppy and Dolly from Geary Gallery in New YorkTo see more of Vadis’s work please visit her website and follow her on IG @vadisturner The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Aug 30

53 min 24 sec

One Hundred Episodes! Wow! This episode marks the 100th since we started this podcast. It feels like a big milestone that I am honored to celebrate and I hope you’ll join me! I had no idea what this podcast would grow to become our special community and I’m filled with deep gratitude and love for you all today. Despite the diversity represented in everyone I’ve interviewed, we all have so much in common. I’ve highlighted some of the biggest themes that were touched on in many episodes and you’ll hear special quotes from some of your favorite interviews. We touch on the struggle to manage time, to the ever present balancing act, growing your confidence and defining success. There is a section on anxiety and social pressures plus what it’s like to not only live as a mother but also make work about it from artists who use themes of the maternal in their work. Artist/Mothers are full of contradictions… we carry an intense push and pull of our identities that is continually churning and so many of you have shared beautiful words about that experience. Listen and feel seen and known as these artists speak to a part of our existence that I know you all understand. I close by sharing a memory of this Summer, and a hope for each one of you. That our community will continue to provide space for you to show up fully as yourself, recognizing and appreciating all of your dualities and complexities. This is what I believe is at the heart of what makes our community so magical and I am so grateful to be doing this work with you and for you. Highlighted episodes include: 80 – Letitia Huckaby35 – Beth Winterburn53 – Calida Rawles1 – Karen Seapker20 – Laura Wennstrom2 – Denise Gasser39 – Pia Pack19 – Jodi Hays

Aug 23

35 min 25 sec

On this episode of the Artist/Mother Podcast I am joined by Mindy Wittock and Robin Kenny for a conversation about our list of Artist/Mother Life Essentials! We share our top 10 list for what we feel are essentials for artists who are mothers to make their life a little easier, run more smoothly, or enjoyed more deeply. Listen in to find out what made our top 10 and share with us what would be on your list of Artist/Mother Essentials! We also chat about our experience hosting last year’s Artist/Mother Virtual Retreat. Tickets are now available here on our website to join us this year the weekend of June 12th and 13th, 2021! This is our last episode before our Summer break. We talk about how we plan to spend our Summer Sabbath as our whole community prepares to shift gears and take the month of July “off” from programming and social media and use the month to take a different approach to our art practices and lives. We are trying our best to lead by example and create opportunities for collective rest and rejuvenation. We’ll be back mid to late August with more episodes, starting with a very special 100th episode to kick us off. The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

May 10

1 hr 28 min

What does it mean to truly rest? To allow your body to fully absorb rest? The artist interviewed in this episode is truly a rest enthusiast and expert! Mira Burack is an artist living in the mountains of New Mexico on the unceded land of the Pueblo people. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Pepperdine University. Burack was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up on the coast of Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has lectured, taught workshops, and was a faculty member at the College for Creative Studies. She received a Community + Public Arts Detroit grant for The Edible Hut, a community space with a living edible roof. In 2020, she was selected for the Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grant. Burack spends her time learning from the high desert land, making, and enjoying her family.  At the beginning of the interview Mira walks us through her upbringing and her art practice. As her father began to dig more into his Jewish roots, practices like intentionally preparing and participating in the shabbat were common. Because this very quieting time is focused on “no transfer of energy”, Mira recalls becoming very close with her family with frequent family walks and family rest times. These practices and others like it as she grew up set the foundation for her current practice. Even though she has lived in New York and Detroit as an adult, and still enjoys some aspects of city life, she much prefers the slower and more quiet life that living on 30 acres in the New Mexico high desert affords. Her current work comes from a direct reflection of how rest affects the body. Her family textiles – including found objects like quilts, pillows, and bedding point to the blurred lines between interior and exterior lives. Mira also makes 2D photo collages using some of these same materials, as well as painted surfaces that include dried plants and animal feathers. Another wing of her art practice also includes inviting people to her “earthship” in the high desert of New Mexico, where she and her family and extended family live, and lead them through rest workshops. These workshops encourage participants to go out into the landscape, spend some time resting directly in or on the land, and coming back to reflect on the experience. In the future, she also hopes to create several pods with different sensory experiences, called “The Sleeping Huts”, which will include smells, sound, and touch. Mira’s art practice is in direct opposition to the hustle culture in which many of us find ourselves. She explains that sometimes her projects take two or three years to make, and that she enjoys the slow process because it allows her room to truly meditate on the subject matter. Through her intentionally restful lifestyle that permeates the atmosphere in her family home, Mira recalls that most of the time she has worked out ideas in her head far before she reaches for her art-making materials. The slowing down, the listening to her body, the lifestyle she has created around rest – all of these things create her artworks. She lives rest and creates rest in a beautiful balance. Final FiveBiggest art crush: Seven ancestral stomachs by Gudalupe MaravillaDream trip: Big island of Hawaii and the volcanic activity What film or book has inspired you greatly? My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem and The Poetics of Space by Gaston BachelardFavorite meal: Anything vegetarian and ItalianShout-out: Family pod and Artist/Mother group in New Mexico Where were you 5 years ago in your art c

May 3

1 hr 19 min

Are you feeling stuck, frustrated or not seeing growth on your Instagram feed? As artists with busy lives Instagram can often feel like one more thing to add to our list of to-do’s, and when you don’t see the results you hope for after putting effort into posting it can become overwhelming and resentment can soon follow. In this episode I share my thoughts about Instagram, how my relationship with it has changed over the 9 years I’ve been on the app. Because of significant reframing and restructuring how I use it, today I feel better than ever about being on Instagram. I share about these changes I’ve made. I walk you through 4 sections: Reframing Your Mindset, Making IG Easier on Yourself, Best Practices and Ways to Avoid Burnout. The content for this episode is inspired by the incredible course I’m co-teaching with Isadora Stowe, Wearing All the Hats (Without Losing Your Head)! This is a Professional Practice Course designed just for Artist/Mothers and women artists. We cover a broad range of topics relating to your art career including exhibitions, grant writing, documenting your art and practice, building connections, pricing your work and so much more. We just spent 2 weeks digging into the ways artists can effectively use Instagram to build up their career and this podcast episode is a “light” version of those lectures! I hope you tune in and enjoy the content I’ve shared here. If you do, would you please share this episode with another artist? And consider joining our next round of Wearing All the Hats! Enrollment opens May 19th for our course starting early August. 11 tips for Avoiding Burnout on IG 1) Stop taking it personal2) Stop expecting complexity3) HAVE A GOAL & stay intentional with your time. Use a timer if necessary4) Remember IG is only ONE LEG of your business. Which leg lines up with your values the most? Put your energy there.5) Stop posting in “real time”6) Schedule, Strategize, & Work Ahead7) Re-use content, post old work (if photos are good)8) Don’t expect perfection from your IG9) Give it time10) Take breaks!!11) ENRICH YOUR LIFE WITH MORE COMPLEX CONNECTIONSThe Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Apr 26

1 hr 8 min

In this time of continued uncertainty, these four Artist/Mothers in today’s episode are pushing forward with creativity and gusto in an art world that still does not fully give a voice to the visual representation of motherhood in all its various stages. Helen Sargeant, Rachel Fallon, Marcia Michael, and Martina Mullaney came to know each other through Helen Sargeant’s brilliant project and publication, Maternal Art Magazine. Even though they make different types of work – from drawings and photographs to performances and iron works – they are united in their desire to show the full range of the deep waters that motherhood inhabits. This conversation between these four women is so enriching and thought-provoking. Helen Sargeant, after being rejected for an arts proposal, decided instead to push forward with her dream and created Maternal Art Magazine. Helen lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and makes artwork about the female body, identity, and mental fragility. She works across drawing, painting, photography, sound, video, performance, and installation to explore her ideas. Through her work with Maternal Art Magazine, Helen came to know the other three artists in this interview – Rachel Fallon, Marcia Michael, and Martina Mullaney. Rachel Fallon deals with themes of protection and defense in domestic realms and addresses the topic of motherhood and womens’ relationships to society. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography and performance and is firmly rooted in processes of making. Marcia Michael is a British artist whose practice challenges the presence of the black subject within the auspices of the family archive using photography, video, sound, performance, and installation. Martina Mullaney challenges established forms of art on maternity. Her work moves beyond body-centric essentially determinate art where the maternal experience is explicit in the work, to adopt activist, social, and political manifestations. As our discussion deepens over the course of the interview, we discuss the effects of the pandemic – how it inspired some to be a catalyst for change, and it gave others reservations about trying to return to “normal” too quickly. We examine the ups and down of making work during this time, and the exposure of societal norms that are often ignored – namely, that mothers prop up society. Rachel discusses the role reversal that has happened with her own mother, now having dementia. She finds that now with her father and sister both gone, she is left to mother her own mother, but how this shift has been monumental for not only their personal relationship, but also her own art practice. Marcia reflects in a similar way how her ageing mother’s body has become one of the main inspirations for her recent photographic and video work, and how collaborating with her mother during this time has made them so much closer, and has opened doors creatively that she never knew were there. We also discuss the importance of seeking out new ways to connect, when the odds are seemingly against you. Helen, seeing an opportunity to bring artists together through Maternal Art Magazine, also discusses the importance of seeing the effects of isolation caused by the pandemic. By digging in deeply to understand and explore these effects, she has brought to light the whole maternal experience – from the struggles of pregnancy and childbirth and raising young children, to the role reversals and loneliness that can happen with having adult children and ageing parents. Martina discusses how even though during the pandemic her art-making has taken a back to teaching, she has faith that her creativity will return. Through all the major life events that these ladies have seen in the course of the pandemic, they all remain firm in their desire to keep creating, and to keep bringing to light the maternal experience in all its glory, hardship, sadness, and beauty.

Apr 19

1 hr 24 min

Today’s episode is an incredibly inspiring one! Join in on my conversation with two artists making paints and dyes from natural, earth-friendly materials and sustainable processes. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, wondered about these materials we use? Where do they come from? How are they made and what damage are they doing to the earth? You will be encouraged and inspired by the art making practices of Danila Rumold and Amanda Brazier in this episode!  Danila and Amanda are both fairly recent in their change to using natural materials. In childhood Danila and Amanda recall drawing a lot. Danila remembers drawing and filling up sketchbooks in what she calls her first studio in her basement in Illinois. Amanda remembers an art inspiration moment when a great aunt gave her an art kit when she was in elementary school. Though they both took more traditional art paths in school (both concentrated on painting), they both reached a point where they felt like their art practice needed a change. Amanda felt stuck and overwhelmed by too many colors and endless color combinations, and Danila, when her children were very young, decided to move away from oil painting when her new studio did not have ventilation or a sink so she started experimenting with safe, natural, and sustainable materials. Though both Danila and Amanda use natural and environmental materials, they use them in very different ways. Danila uses dyes from various plants to create dyes – dyes that overlap and stain her various surfaces like cotton or kozo papers – and Amanda uses soils and rocks to create pigments that she grinds together with a binder to make paints. They both agree that motherhood influenced their decision to make their art practices more sustainable. They both are active environmentalists and interested in educating others about sustainability in life and art. While they both discuss the lengthy processes that each must go through to make her work – Danila’s dye baths soaking for days at a time and Amanda’s gathering of soil and rocks taking hours – they both reveal that these processes work so well integrated into family life. Danila can leave her materials soaking in dyes for hours or days and take them out whenever she has extra time, and Amanda likes to take her two young boys with her to gather materials – which they love! When both started out in this journey of using natural materials in their art practice, they both admit there was a learning curve, but the slowing down process of gathering has made them both feel closer to the earth. From challenges like dealing with the weak lightfastness of certain dyes, which Danila talks about, to the ratio of what soils and ground-up rocks mix with certain binders, which Amanda discusses, both agree that play is still very important in creating their work. Through playful experimentation and committing to the slowing down of their art practices, Danila and Amanda have created a more sustainable way to not only make art, but also to live their own lives. Final 5: Biggest Art Crush: Danila – Eva HesseAmanda – Anni Albers Dream Trip:Danila – Japan, Oaxaca (Mexico), UruguayAmanda – Costa Rica, or backpacking on Appalachian Trail  Film or Book:Danila – Siddhartha by Herman HesseAmanda – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Both – Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Favorite Meal:Danila – Sushi date night with husbandAmanda – Vegan white potato white bean soup, or salmon with risotto  Shout-outs:Danila – her parentsAmanda – husband and sons and Sandy Webster To see more from Danila, visit her website, and follow her on Instagram

Apr 12

1 hr 25 min

It is truly an honor to welcome an incredible artist and community builder to the podcast today, Jamie Smith! Jamie lives, makes artwork and runs the supportive group for women artists, THRIVE, in East Vancouver, British Columbia. She creates artwork that layers her memories of traveling, family stories and lost places. She began her artistic career by completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria and later receiving her Bachelor of Arts Education from the University of British Columbia. Her work is heavily influenced by her years abroad in Latin America, living in the Middle East and backpacking around Eastern Europe. In the spirit of community over competition, Jamie and I have been connecting and trying to learn and grow from each other as we both host community platforms for women artists. We have grown to become friends and I am so honored that Jamie is going to open up to you today and share with us more about her career, building Thrive, and her journey with fertility.  Growing up in the Vancouver area, Jamie began her art journey by watching her mom teach folk art classes out of their home. In high school, she taught some of these classes herself! In her adult artistic life, Jamie’s imagery is very graphic and inspired by movements like art deco and art nouveau – large ink pools, fantastical landscapes, florals, and winding roads. Jamie talks about a turning point recently where, while traveling for a wedding, she found herself with free time and just drew flowers and leaves sitting around her. She found this moment of drawing in her journal so freeing after a long period of burnout. In a true full circle moment, her mom cuts the wood panels – like eggs and vases – on which she now makes woodcuts!  We then talk about boundaries of studio time and administrative work. Jamie spends two days on only administrative work and three days of studio time at her studio outside of her home. From turning off emails on her phone to having texts read through her headphones instead of picking up her phone, Jamie has streamlined so many small processes and managed her communication that helps her stay focused. Her online platform, Thrive, is now in its 6th year, and though the staff has lessened, the content has grown so much richer and wider. Through asking questions, supporting other women, and encouraging them to reach their goals, Thrive has seen so many women have life-changing moments and create long-lasting community. Since Jamie and I are friends, she graciously agreed ahead of time to talk about her fertility journey. In her early 30’s she was unsure of having kids because she wanted to wait until her early 40’s. She found out that in order for her to be proactive about her own fertility, knowing she wanted to have kids, she would have to freeze her eggs (even though there was also a small chance of conceiving naturally). She realized how little she, and women in general, know about their own bodies and their own fertility, and how empowering it was to take control of this part of her life story. Had she not taken the time to explore her own fertility she would not have known she could freeze her eggs, and could have been heartbroken in her 40’s knowing that it would have been too late for her to conceive.One of the main takeaways from this interview is the concept of mothering ourselves – taking the time to care for our dreams, our time, and our bodies. Fighting the urge to please everyone, we must bravely surge forward – supporting and encouraging while creating the necessary boundaries of self-care. We must dream big and dream often, but not burn ourselves out in the process.

Apr 5

1 hr 23 min

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you pushed pause on pursuing your art career? Would you feel freedom or regret or frustration or peace? I know it’s a question so many artist/mothers wrestle with and I am honored to share this episode in which I have a conversation about this very topic with two incredible women. Let me  introduce you to two long-term friends of mine – Meredith C. Bullock and Emily C. Sanford. Meredith and Emily are both talented artists working in very different ways – Meredith as a painter of large abstract works, life coach, and author, and Emily as a surface pattern designer, and now floral painter.  When these ladies were ascending to the greatest heights in their respective art careers, they made the agonizing decision to push pause. These breaks, though challenging, ultimately brought each of them more clarity in their identities – both personally and artistically. Meredith recalls how much of her self-worth was wrapped up in making money, and how this pause in her career helped her see that there is so much more to happiness and fulfillment than how much money she can bring in. Emily talks about the creative doors that opened for her once she started making art for herself and not always making art as a product. They both agree that this time off from their art careers, while their kids are so little, has been life-changing and has brought so much peace to their family dynamic. We also talk about the ups and downs of Instagram – how it can be a great marketing and business tool, but also a source of anxiety and stress. Both Meredith and Emily recall their great successes they experienced through Instagram, but also the pressure they felt to create the perfect posts and to respond to every comment and direct message. Now, after having time to reflect, they both agree that they would approach Instagram differently this time – taking care to make it more personal, but not rely so much on it for sales and validation. Through this conversation we all agree that women work differently. Some feel more at peace while producing but have a hard time resting, and some need rest and space to be able to give more fully to the people around them. Self-care, in all its various forms, and within all personality types, means taking time for yourself, and these two women were brave enough to make drastic changes to do just that. Final Five (Meredith):Biggest art crush: Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Georgia O’KeefeDream Trip: IrelandInspiring book or film: Atomic Habits by James ClearFavorite meal: New York pizzaShout-out: Kaylan, her husband Nick, her Mom, and Mother-in-law Final Five (Emily):Biggest art crush: Makoto FujimuraDream Trip: HawaiiInspiring book or film: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth StroutFavorite meal: Thai food or a good New York bagelShout-out: husband Dan, Kaylan, and her friend JenYou can still find Emily and Meredith occasionally on Instagram so be sure to check them out and say hello! I’m sure they would appreciate knowing that sharing their story meant something to you. See Emily’s gorgeous art here – @emilysanforddesign and Meredith’s stunning paintings here @meredithcbullock.The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteynEmily’s photos:

Mar 29

1 hr 32 min

I can’t wait for you to be inspired by this episode, of the collective sharing of our hopes and dreams. You’ll hear from 14 artist/mamas about some of the things they are dreaming about or have hope for manifesting in their future. From personal goals like more studio space to more time to create their work to larger collective goals like safer communities, the abolishment of racism and injustice and more. I hope this episode inspires you to carve out some time this week to reflect on your own dreams for your future. I share some important updates and announcements for our community so be sure to listen in for opportunities coming your way!Thanks to these artists who submitted, go check out their work on their IG’s linked below! Barbara Serry @barbaraserryCatie Danile @theartistcatie Sheli Hadari @shelihadariartMegan Driving Hawk @mdrivinghawk00Natalie Baldeon @nataliebaldeon Christina Ignacio-Deines @idbohemiaNina Wood @ninaanne_artworks Miranda Gainer – Sisters Make Stuff @sistersmakestuffHeather Milliman @heathermillimancreative Jen Hintz Eggers @J.Hintzy Rebecca Potts @pottsart Valentine Vsvihalek @bellavalentinaartLaura Irmis @laurairmisceramics Angie Follhall @angiefollhallThe Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Mar 22

37 min 27 sec

In this episode I was honored to talk with the very talented and inspiring Sandeep Johal. Sandeep is a South Asian Canadian visual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale mural painting. Her Indo-folk-feminine aesthetic is characterized by her distinct pattern-work, bold use of colour, and ornamentation. Growing up in a small town outside of Vancouver, Canada, with Indian parents, Sandeep talks about how she always felt different and even tried to hide her South Asian heritage as a child. It was not until adulthood that she claimed her heritage as something to be proud of – using textiles from her mother’s sarees and colorful animal images like tigers and monkeys. The large and imposing women in her works are goddess-like – all at once strong and also burdened. She and I talk about the importance of women taking up space for themselves and how it is essential to do this in order to have the energy to care for others. Sandeep’s main source of income, she explains, are murals. On her honeymoon in Buenos Aires in 2012, she recalls seeing murals in a new way. The murals there are massive – often wrapping around entire buildings – and explore themes of social justice and politics – which she had never seen done in quite this way. Sandeep deeply connected with this, and began creating murals with her South Asian imagery – large black and white figures with traditional designs alongside bright and colorful animals.  Towards the end of the interview we talk about Sandeep’s latest show, “Beast of Burden”, which dives into the dark side of motherhood. Anger, sadness, and emotional immaturity are emotions that we all feel as mothers, Sandeep explains, but no one wants to really talk about. “Mom rage”. Depression. Resentment. Exhaustion. All of these feelings are shouldered by the large imposing beast women she created for the show. They embrace a smaller and vibrant monkey, metaphorically embodying the presence of her son. Her mother’s suitcase sits in the middle of the room as her mothers’ textiles from India and Canada spill out. By bringing all these dark and hard feelings to light, Sandeep provides mothers a safe place to be – a place of belonging and an encouraging spot to land – taking up space as a woman in a world that doesn’t always encourage it. Sandeep’s Final 5 Answers: Biggest Art Crush: Sara KhanDream Trip: IndiaInspiring Book: “The Selector of Souls” – book by Shauna Singh Baldwin. Also loves Jhumpa Lahiri  Favorite Meal: Her mom’s aloo paratha with chai teaShout out: her husband Chris and Pennylane Shen To see more from Sandeep, check out her website and find and follow her on Instagram @sandeepjohalart.The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Mar 15

1 hr 14 min

It is always a treat to get to speak with artist, mother, financial and tax expert, Hannah Cole! She has dropped some major wisdom for you in this episode and shared incredible wisdom for artists and small business owners. Wondering about which business license is right for you? Hannah walks me through a DBA, LLC, S-Corp and the benefits of each. Wanting to feel more organized and have a better handle on your money? Hannah walks me through some basics you can do. We have a great conversation about the effects of understanding where your money is going and getting your finances organized – more head space, more time to spend on other things, a clearer vision for your practice and more. Of course for so many artists financial talk can feel “icky” or difficult. Some of us carry false narratives we have been told in grad school, and women especially can carry incredibly damaging feelings about money. We talk through that shame and those “weird attitudes”, breaking down stereotypes and Hannah shares some empowering advice for anyone feeling down. Her not-so-secret mission for helping artists feel more organized and in control of their money? Smashing the patriarchy of course!! If you want to learn more about taxes for creative people, you can read her column in Hyperallergic or check out episode 57 of the podcast where Hannah talks with gallery owner, Kitty Dinshaw about the Business Side of Art. Find Hannah’s tax services here and check out Money Bootcamp! I’m currently enrolled and already feeling like I have a better understand of where my money is going. Hannah will be available via zoom on our network for a live Q&A to answer any lingering questions you have on March 16th, 3:00pm ET. Join us here! Hannah’s Final 5 Answers:1) Biggest Art Crush: Mark Joshua Epstein 2) Dream Trip: France and Italy with her daughters 3) Inspiring Book: Nelson Mandela’s autobiography 4) Favorite Meal: 1x a year she has a big farm-raised steak (she’s a vegetarian) 5) Shout out: Rachel Hellman The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Mar 1

1 hr 16 min

In this interview I sat down with Atlanta-based artists and friends, Chloe Alexander and Sachi Rome, who recently participated in a Stay Home Gallery residency together with their children and are current studio mates at the TCP Artist in Residence program in Atlanta, GA. Even though each has her own distinct art-making approach, they agree that showing up consistently and regularly in their art community has proven necessary for advancing their own art careers. By participating in local workshops, attending art openings (when possible before Covid), and supporting other artists in their practices they have created visibility for their own work as well as their colleagues.  Chloe Alexander is a printmaker whose most recent work focuses on creating visual narratives by layering various printmaking techniques to create one-of-a-kind, mixed media drawings. Chloe has exhibited work in various locations in Atlanta area and nationally, including the Kai Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta, the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery in Springfield, MA, and PRIZM Art Fair in Miami, FL. We are so honored to have Chloe serve as a mentor for our Crit Group Crew program several times in a row. Sachi Rome is a painter and mixed media artist exploring the idea of memory, portraiture, and the dignity of using and giving new life to discarded things. Her work is a reflection of her obsession with color and the human face and centers primarily on the black female giving her agency and empowering her with ecofeminism. Sachi’s work has been featured in New York at the Barrett Center, September Gray Gallery, Mason Fine Art, TILA Studios, Sinclair Gallery, Auburn Ave. Research Library and City of Ink, among others. We start our discussion reflecting on what first sparked their interest in art. Chloe remembers her parents taking her to a lot of museums and other cultural events like opera and ballet, despite their isolated and conservative upbringing. She recalls cutting up magazines and newspapers to create images, as well as sewing fabrics out of boredom at home as the youngest of five children. Conversely, Sachi talks about her fondness for PBS as a child as her parents didn’t like her going outside the house very much, and waking up early to watch Bob Ross paint. They both agree that making creative images and sculptures with their hands at an early age started their interest in art. As we talk more about their art-making as adults, they both remember coming to a crossroads – Chloe when she was working a job that made her unhappy and unfulfilled, and Sachi after her divorce. They both had to answer the questions, “What now? What can I change? What is possible for me?” Through persistent and regular involvement in the Atlanta art community, they both found a place of support, encouragement, and advancement of their own careers through networks, exhibitions, and residencies. Even though it took several years to be integrated into this tight-knit art scene in Atlanta, they wholeheartedly agree that the investment into the people has yielded enriching returns.Final 5 Answers:1) Biggest art crush: Tylonn Sawyer – Chloe Steve Prince – Sachi 2) Dream trip: Iceland – Chloe Morocco – Sachi3) Book or film: Peaky Blinders (show) – Chloe Octavia Butler (author) – especially Patternmaster – Sachi 4) Fav meal: Tacos – Chloe Jerk chicken, plantains – Sachi5) Shout-out: Dewey and Douglas, Misty Lackie, Neda at their residency – ChloeNeda, “Art Church” people – Sachi See more of Chloe’’s work on her website –

Feb 22

1 hr 24 min

It was incredible to share in conversation with two artist/mothers from Minneapolis for this episode! Jessica Kitzman is an artist and teacher of K-12 public school art and Candida Gonzalez is an arts consultant, curator and independent artist. Our conversation is rooted in talking through the idea of visibility- what makes someone feel authentically seen. Despite the fear that comes with being seen for who we really are, we decide that ultimately visibility leads to incredible connection that we all need and long for.Jessica shares the metaphor of her art as her hiding place, a process to dig into when life has been hard and when she needs to withdraw.  Primarily working in textiles and collage, her own studio practice centers around the deconstruction of domestic relics and other found materials as a mode of understanding inherited systems of power and identity. She walks us through her journey as she has begun to come out of her shell, having recently gone through a divorce and breaking from a relationship that kept her hidden from her true self. Making art that allows her to process her vulnerability and sharing it with the world has shown her the healing power of art in new ways.Jessica and Candida share so vulnerably about their experiences as queer single mothers. Candida speaks to the frustration they have experienced being a BIPOC living in Minnesota and how they often feel invisible living in the Midwest where their cultural background is not as known or appreciated. Jessica shares how her Midwestern upbringing caused her to prioritize people-pleasing above expressing herself. They both touch on the need for single Moms especially to have tangible support, particularly childcare and hugs! We talk about some ways the art world could better support single parents. Go hug a single Mom, or any Mom… we all need to know we are deeply loved and seen by our peers and community as often as we can. I am so proud to share this conversation I had with these incredible people and I know you will be so inspired by the ways they are using art to bring healing, purpose, and connection into their own lives.Final 5 Answers:1) Jean-Michel Basquiat – CandidaNick Cave & Swoon – Jessica2) Puerto Rico – CandidaTraveling to see family around the US – Jessica 3) Octavia Butler – Candida Women Who Run with the Wolves – Jessica 4) Octopus Salad – CandidaHomemade ramen – Jessica 5) Her daughter – CandidaHer village – Jessica See more of Candida’s Jewlery on her instagram @lasranasjewlery and her curatorial and arts practice @candida612. Shop her incredible earrings on her Etsy! See more of Jessica’s work on her website and follow her on instagram @jessicakitzman_xylemThe Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteynImages of Jessica’s work and life:

Feb 15

1 hr 19 min

I’m so grateful to have been joined in conversation this week with five amazing artists, mothers, and academics who have sustained friendship virtually while living across the country: Sara Poer, Carole Loeffler, Katie Ries, Carrie Scanga, and Carmina Eliason. These five women met as part of an “artist parent academic” peer support group (organized by Lauren Frances Evans!) to share their experiences of the unique loneliness of being both parents and professors even while surrounded by people and art. We collectively discuss the power of community as a devotional practice to and investment in nurturing yourself, finding radical softness through care work and mutual respect, and looking to communal accountability for growth. Additionally, we highlight other crucial topics including knowing how to “refill your cup,” navigating patriarchal tensions between “professionalism” and parenting, and the importance of holding both time and space for yourself and your community in your day-to-day.  In order of appearance in the interview:  Sara Poer works across photography and textiles, drawing on the histories of domestic craft including quilting and embroidery to elevate the notion of “women’s work” while teaching at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. See more on her website or on IG @sarapoer Carole Loeffler is an artist, professor, and the first female chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania — Philadelphia-area locals, keep an eye out around town for her “granny graffiti” mixed media affirmations! Find her work on her website or on IG @caroleloeffler Katie Ries moves between printmaking, drawing, and participatory events about environmentalism while teaching at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. See her work on her website or on IG @ktries Carrie Scanga works on paper across artist’s books, installations of cut and folded paper, and printmaking, which she teaches at Bowdoin College in Portland, Maine. See more of Carrie’s work on her website or on IG @carriescanga Carmina Eliason is an interdisciplinary artist who uses objects to center storytelling, crafting narratives and social projects that unite participants around difficult topics. Carmina teaches photography at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Oregon. Find her work on her website or at IG @carminaeliason The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn

Feb 8

1 hr 7 min