The pile of baby-related items in this piece is what the concept of having a kid right now feels like to me. It would be this massive thing and I’d never be able to forget that it was there, at all times, waiting for me to embrace some new role that I not only wouldn’t be ready for, but wouldn’t want right now. The idea that I wouldn’t be able to choose when I let this massive thing into my life terrifies me. However, I wrapped this feeling of panic in the colors of the Pink House because while we’re in a pretty dark place right now, I like to believe we’ll find our way back to a place where other people’s beliefs aren’t forcing women into motherhood. I have my own beliefs– I don’t need other people thinking they can saddle me with theirs.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am an artist based in Chicago who mainly works in pencils. I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and have since shown in galleries around Chicago and Cambridge, MA. In addition to that, my work has appeared in children’s publishing ranging from magazines to a soon-to-be book.
© Katie McLoughlin