My name is Agnieszka Olszewska and I'm an interdisciplinary artist and mother. Although quite organised and tidy by nature, I like messy play and thrive on colourful experiments. My daughter, Saule Auguste, is now n moths of early 3 years of age (She was 2 years and 4 months when I began this project). Thanks to her, I am frequently reminded of how beautiful and freeing true creativity really is!
It took me many moths after giving birth, before I got comfortable enough to make art again, though one thing I did continuously - was writing. It was my rescue boat on wild and new waters.
Beginning this project, I am almost 30, mother for the past 3 years (counting in the months of pregnancy), still breastfeeding and babywearing, loving the close relationship with my daughter just as much as my solo art journeys...
I've recently had my first artist residency - it was in Ideas Block, creative space & cafe in Vilnius, Lithuania. It started near the end of March 2019 and lasted for a month. Before that I was creating in our 50m2 apartment where I assigned the top of our big cupboard as my studio space. I worked in the living room or in the kitchen, depending where it was possible to find more space or solitude at the time.
During the winter weeks, prior to the residency, I grew more at ease about working from home and being dedicatedly creative as a mother. I made friends with the living-room desk as painting space and the kitchen desk as writing space and finally made platforms for launching a few colourful ideas that have been waiting at my mind's door for few good years.
Saule is with me almost all the time and I want her to be present at my work, so to get a more whole and authentic image of who I am. I found it spectacular to involve her in some of the artwork I make, allowing her intuition on the same level as mine and following her without any manipulation. For me it is as witnessing the Source - the pure Creative Wisdom, and though at times it can take a moment before I switch off my control systems - the effect is humbling and makes me feel grateful.
In the beginning of the year a friend introduced me to a project called Artist Residency in Motherhood. Greatly inspired by the words of its manifesto and by my daughter's daily art experiments, I decided to start this website and document the process of our Rainbow Dance.
I will publish in the gallery and blog, in photographs, drawings, journal entries and letters. I will also gradually submit the interviews with other mother-artists; I believe we can get inspired by the different women's perspectives on creative motherhood.