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Resident Fellows Speaker Series: Rachel Epp Buller
Making It Work: Art + Parenting
MON FEB 22, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, via Zoom, please register HERE.
Dr. Rachel Epp Buller is a visual artist, an art historian, an educator, and mother of three. Her artistic, scholarly, and curatorial work addresses these intersections, focusing on the maternal body and feminist care in contemporary art contexts. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Her books include Reconciling Art and Mothering (2012) and Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity (2019). Her new research-creation project is tentatively titled “Slow Practices for Speculative Futures: Challenging a Culture of Speed through Contemporary Art”. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a board member of the national Women’s Caucus for Art, a regional coordinator of the Feminist Art Project, and Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College.
Making It Work: Art + Parenting is a collaborative research project highlighting artists who navigate and address the layered identities of artist and parent. It will result in an exhibition of the same name at the Lawrence Arts Center in Summer 2022. Buller is working on this project in partnership with KU Professor of Art Maria Velasco. Existing scholarship in feminist and maternal studies and art history testifies to the unequal playing field encountered by artists who are also caregivers. In recent years, contemporary artists have devised creative, often community-minded initiatives to make visible and support the needs of artist-parents. Buller and Velasco anticipate that the mandated isolation of COVID-19, when many parents’ responsibilities include childcare as well as overseeing children’s education while working from home, will result in a variety of new creative experiments to find ways to “make it work.” Buller and Velasco are most interested in researching and commissioning new work from artists who explore creative, collaborative models that may point the way toward more sustainable futures.
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