ARTIST/MOTHER - MOTHER/ARTIST
In 2012, US based artists Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio established The Mother Load, in an effort to encourage dialogue and connection between women who balance artistic careers and motherhood. This project is about recording these connections and finding ways to share, collaborate and support each other and our work.
The Mother Load begins by sending small copper plates to individual artists and asking them to leave their fingerprint and that of their children. The copper plate oxidizes over time, gradually revealing this form of identity - one that changes the moment you become a mother. The second side of the copper plate holds a QR code that points to the artists’ website, tying this project back to the individual artist and the connection their hands have to their practice and their relationships.
We ask each contributing artist to share about their role as an artist and mother, giving us a small window into their thoughts about their creative practice. These stories are shared below.
The Mother Load is an ever growing community
Visit the links below to learn about the amazing work being created from this diverse group of artists.
Through The Mother Load, we work to find platforms to engage in conversations that tie our work to others
in our local and global community.
Learn more about what other amazing Artists/Mothers are doing!
In 2012, Trestle Designs launched the collaboration between Natalie and Lesli. Conversations that happened in the studio led to the creation of The Mother Load. 100% of proceeds from these sales supports our project.
Every few weeks we will add something different, so check back in!