87: Recognizing Moms Need Moms: Finding “Your People” with Five Artist/Mother Academics

Artist/Mother Podcast
Artist/Mother Podcast
87: Recognizing Moms Need Moms: Finding “Your People” with Five Artist/Mother Academics

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

Sanctuary, 2020, relief print on cut paper by Carrie Scanga
Carrie Scanga – My daughter and me with our collaborative works on paper, exhibited in Circle Time: Children and Their Artists at Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, Maine. 
Here is a photo of me last spring with my advanced printmaking class at Bowdoin College. – Carrie Scanga
Incubate (Abigail Malcolm), 2020, gouache, 7″ x 7″ by Katie Ries
Katie Ries in her studio
Katie Ries teaching screen printing
Carole Loeffler working in her studio
Carole teaching a workshop
“Worry eater”, 2020, vintage doilies, trim, furniture legs and foam by Carole Loeffler
Carmina Eliason during “Corridos” performance, 2017
“This is a Jar for Your F***s” 2019-Present. An ongoing community-sourced project that invites people to anonymously submit jars filled with their “oh f***” moments by Carmina Eliason
Carmina’s first day back at school, Cabrillo College Photography Lab, 2019
#13 from 10/10 Series, collage, August 2020 by Sara Poer

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