Event Information

Date & Time
April 3, 2008 - 10:00am to June 13, 2008 - 5:00pm
The Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Kristin Lorraine Herbster, Re:producing Motherhood


The Institute's spring exhibit from Kristin Lorraine Herbster, a Menlo Park based artist, is a text and image exploration of how women are negotiating the belief systems that define motherhood in America. This project, more creative non-fiction essay than sociological documentary, combines documentary style photographs, interviews with contemporary mothers, and text from best-selling parenting books from the 1930s to the present - books that have produced American motherhood for these women, their mothers, and their mothers' mothers. Herbster's photographs and interviews capture the challenges and pressures of this mother role that women are struggling to recast for themselves, the extent to which they are reproducing this role, and how their beliefs expand or limit the way they mother and the way they perceive themselves as women and individuals. The projects intent is to bring to consciousness and release misaligned belief systems, revealing the myriad possibilities that exist for creating a reality that is aligned with individual well being for mothers, for women, for human beings regardless of cultural expectations and conventions. This exhibit features photos of Clayman Institute mothers and their children. You can learn more about the artist and her work at www.kristinherbster.net.