What’s Your Baby? by Miriam Schaer

‘Joan had no children, the foundation was her baby’

        — Said by a consultant to the Joan Mitchell Foundation


People often refer to their passion, their vocation or avocation, their life’s work as — their “baby.” What’s Your Baby? includes a selection of garments from Baby (Not) on Board: The Last Prejudice?, a series in which I embroidered critical comments about childlessness on items of baby apparel. The comments, all actually said or written, represent a broadly embedded cultural hostility toward women (rarely men) without children that appears on the rise even as non-traditional families gain greater acceptance. What’s Your Baby? seeks to re-frame this conversation.

Viewers of this installation are asked to submit what there “baby” is into a the ballot box, but you can contribute by visiting http://www.tumblr.com/blog/whatsyourbaby and answering the question yourself. Thank you for participating.

Special thanks to Stan Pinkwas, Leo Selvaggio, Melissa Potter and The Fountains Foundation

Mimi1_WebMiriam Schaer is an artist whose work consists of sculptural books made from items of clothing, miscellaneous objects, hand-embroidered texts, as well as installation and photography to explore feminist, social and spiritual issues. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Museum of Art and Design in New York and is in numerous public and private collections, among them the Alan Chasanoff Collection at the Yale Museum of Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

Schaer’s work has earned an Artists Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and she received an Soros Arts and Culture Grant to the Republic of Georgia in 2013 for Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. Her work is included in the Feminist Art Base at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center in the Brooklyn Museum. Her work was also exhibited at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, and the Imagining the Book Biennale at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. She is a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary MFA Program in Book and Paper at Columbia College Chicago.

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To Download a PDF of the “Whats Your Baby” brochure with essay by Jessica Cochran click Here