72: Sharing Highs and Lows of the Journey as a Single Artist/Mama with Sarah Sudhoff and Isadora Stowe

Today’s episode comes to you from Isadora Stowe and Sarah Sudhoff, two amazing artist/mothers who also happen to be Fall 2020 crit group mentors! These powerful women share their unique journeys with us and discuss everything from finding their paths in life and exploring new media to the ups and downs of running a single parent household while working as professional artists (much less during the COVID-19 pandemic, which razed even the best laid plans).

Whereas Sarah came to art after studying astronomy, considering joining the military, and then immersing herself in photography by way of journalism, Isadora was always an art-oriented child. While Isadora has always worked in a wide variety of media including video, projection mapping installations, and more, Sarah moves between photography and kinetic sculptures to literally visualize data. Though they are two very different people and two very different artists, their conversation is full of rich resonance. We cover a wide range of topics including pushing yourself beyond your creative comfort zone, “life hacks” like prioritizing exercise and incorporating children into your practice to reclaim time for art-making, and self advocacy in our lives, careers, and in general.

Advocating for yourself depends on recognizing your limitations, whether that means hiring fabricators and programmers to actualize a project to meet a deadline (as it often does for Sarah!) or even having to depend on others in ways we’re not always comfortable with. Ultimately, Isadora and Sarah demonstrate that self-advocacy is one of the most important ways to cultivate resilience through community. 

See more of Isadora’s work on her website or on IG @isadorastowe. Stay tuned for an forthcoming professional practice booklet from Isadora that will help you approach goals similar to those listed above, too!

See more of Sarah’s work on her website or on IG @sarahsudhoff.
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

Isadora in her home studio
5 and J gallery,Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock, TX installation closeup, light changing reflective colored pigment and light screen-prints on wood panel and mylar.
In theory, Solo Exhibition detail image, University of New Mexico, Gallup 2018
El Paso Museum of Art, Detail installation, 2016
Close up projection mapping onto mylar with light gels, solo exhibition “Anamnesis” Colorado State University, 2019
Isadora and her kiddo, Lucia, in her home studio, 2020
60 Pounds of Pressure, 2020, Performance still Archival pigment print also exists as a video and live performance (bricks from yard)
Dress Whites, 2020, Archival pigment print (Father’s military uniform)
Sarah and her kids, homeschooling
Life Support, 2020, TPU plastic medical sleeves, steel actuators, acrylic box, Arduino, LED lights, electronic components and computer (heart and breath rates of four patients on board Life Flight)
Mechanics of Flight, West, 2019, PVC coated polyester, pine and sting (Life Flight helicopter flight paths)
Recorded Breath, 2020, Archival pigment print with handwoven stainless steel (1 patient vitals translated into textile with self-portrait)
Sarah’s kids interacting with my new piece The Reading Brain, 2020 Data driven interactive sculpture. Plastic orbs, Led, Ardunio, Vinyl decals
Set of Performance stills from Wired 2.0: Independent Variable, 2019, Archival pigment prints, 1 hour live performance with Dr. Nicole Prause from the Liberos Institute monitoring sexial response to visual and auditory stimuli
Set of Performance stills from Wired 2.0: Independent Variable, 2019, Archival pigment prints, 1 hour live performance with Dr. Nicole Prause from the Liberos Institute monitoring sexial response to visual and auditory stimuli
Sarah doing art with her children
Sarah’s kiddos on vacation
Sarah’s kiddos on vacation

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