The“Load We Carry”is a space that hosts two exhibitions in conversation about domesticity, motherhood, responsibility. In it, individuals can see themselves reflected in the multiple artworks exhibited, which display human relationships and all the happenings that take place in the space they in habit. In its honesty and rawness, this exhibition reflects what many families live daily, and by creating a conversation, these dynamics are celebrated.
In “The Domestic Realm”, Amanda Schilling’s makes work about gender, identity, and the societal pressure on women to reach unattainable standards of perfection in order to achieve the “American dream”. In our makeover-obsessed, social-media-driven society where only our best selves are shared with the world, Schilling’s work illuminates those things that we might otherwise try to hide. She debunks the myth of the perfect family where everyone is always smiling, children never misbehave, everything is always clean, and mothers easily master all tasks necessary to keep it that way. In her “Wife, Mother, Woman” series, Schilling candidly photographs mothers going through the motions, highlighting otherwise unseen moments in their daily lives. For other projects such as “Trappings of Domesticity”, she turns the camera on herself focusing on the messiness of life and all the things that ultimately suppress women’s desires and ability to truly be themselves. Her images can be at times both humorous and dark, but they’re always honest.
Megan Hildebrandt “The Living Room”, centered around motherhood, will feel simultaneously enormous and intimate. The artist wants the viewer to understand their body as one that both gives care and receives care. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds will see themselves-their lives, their lived experiences-reflected in this exhibition. This exhibition features drawing and animation to examine Hildebrandt’s experience of motherhood. She employs a variety of scales and techniques-from small, postcard-sized works to large-scale projects. The environment feels half like a living room, and half like a comic book