31: Postpartum painting with Jill Lavetsky

Jill Lavetsky is a visual artist and educator, specializing primarily in drawing and painting. I had a lot of fun interviewing Jill and learning about how her art shifted drastically from large scale graphite drawings to small watercolor and acrylic paintings after the birth of her daughter. At the prompting of her sister-in-law, Jill used the #100dayproject to get herself back into her studio practice postpartum and did a series of work that reflected on her experiences breastfeeding and caretaking.

Jill is currently a teaching artist at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. We talk about her role at the museum that includes working for their community outreach programs.

A few other topics we discuss include her past experience teaching visual arts classes to inmates at Homestead Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in South Florida, artist guilt and mom guilt, and how she makes time to create while working a full time job. She also shares about her book project called Days With Rae: A Visual Journal of Early Motherhood, a compilation of her watercolor paintings which documents the joys, challenges, and hilarity of breastfeeding and raising an infant. I know you’ll enjoy this episode!

Please connect further with Jill by checking out her website (https://jilllavetsky.com/home.html ) and connecting with her on Instagram @jilllavetsky

Horsey, 2019, Watercolor on paper
Horsey (detail), 2019, Watercolor on paper
Radial Boob, 2019, Watercolor and acrylic on panel
Baby Now Has Teeth, 2017, watercolor on paper
Tired Breastfeeding Boobs, 2017, Watercolor on paper

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