F* you, babies

F* you, babies

Baby #6 out of 6 – the last damn baby! They have been a lot of work: drawing; cutting out; painting; realizing the paint was wrong; washing with soap and water; re-painting; ironing; and pressing flat. But now I have 60 of them, all ready for the performances to start.

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F* you, babies

F* you, babies

Baby #5 out of 6. This baby reminds me of Ari, Janine’s grandson; the son of her first-born son, Adam. It is bittersweet for me to write this, because Ari left with his mother last night for a place far away. Godspeed to Ari and his mother; peace to his father and Janine.

F* you, babies

F* you, babies

Baby #4 out of 6. The babies are done – famous last words. Janine is putting together the performance dialogue. We have collected amazing voices from amazing women, with more to come. We’ve been calling the project Calico Babies in delicate settings where we can’t call it its soul name, F* you, babies, but we need something better.

F* you, babies

F* you, babies

Baby #3 out of 6. I changed the quilt part of the project yesterday. Instead of building it out of plastic bags, I decided to project the mosaic mama and re-draw it onto white plastic, experimenting with scale. I am going to use a black and white palette for contrast, since the work will survive in photographs. Today, I am ironing the last of the babies that I washed.

F* you, babies

F* you, babies

This is baby #1 out of 6. During the performance, these babies will be available for selection, alteration and attachment to the plastic bag ‘quilt’ made from Shanna Faulkenberry’s mosaic mama drawing. I had some trouble with the paint application and almost had to re-do 39 babies. I saved them by washing them in warm soapy water.

Shanna’s mosaic mama for Calico Babies

Shanna's mosaic mama for Calico Babies

Shanna Faulkenberry did this for a new project her mom and I are doing together. The project is called Calico Babies in public, but it’s soul name is F* you, babies. I am going to attempt to replicate this drawing – in almost life-size – out of plastic shopping bags. It is going to function as the background for a ‘quilt’.