FRANZISKA RIEDER // I THOUGHT THEY WERE MONSTERS
As a collection of records – the book is aiming to present a straightforward piece of oral history, speaking of what it feels to be a mother and an artist in Germany in 2012. While most working mothers are struggling to find a balance between work and family, the average job is seen as part of the social contract. For the female artist, however, the struggle differs; art and motherhood have long sat in a troubled relationship. Traditionally, art has been considered a substitute for children, and vice versa. To make art is to grapple with the self; art demands what a mother‘s routine does not allow: a concentration on the self, and the liberty to make use of the artistic impulse whenever it arrives.