The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood

Joetta Maue – Art

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Joetta Maue

Artist Statement

As an artist I have utilized my daily life as muse; my work inevitably reflects this, therefore, as I became a mother my work explored and continues to explore this complex relationship and landscape. Through motherhood I began to explore the psychological landscape of the domestic space through various media. Zooming in, slowing down, creating labor in the small seemingly insignificant moments is an attempt to bring awareness and attention to the glimpses, touches, and objects that create our daily experience. Through my labor intensive drawings. embroideries and the witness of my camera I invite the viewer to slow down, look around and notice their own landscape… a landscape of their domestic world, their emotional state, and their mind.

The work 8 months is from a larger series where I explore the liminal space of the body and the bed. This specific piece is of a highly pregnant woman cocooned within the womb of her body and the bed.

The works:

wash, dry, fold, repeat and invisible labor #1 explore aspects of the labor and complex psychological experience of pregnancy, child development and mothering. By using the slow methodical process of hand embroidery I reference the slow, methodical labor of being a mother. It is done in white thread to acknowledge that these acts of love and labor are often invisible to others and society.

remnants explores the glimpses of memories we hold as our children get older.

mother and child, the love of mother and child in the domestic space.


Joetta Maue is an artist, curator, and arts writer. Her most recent body of work is a series of embroideries, drawings and photographs that explore the conflicts and contradictions that exist within intimacy and the domestic space. She is especially interested in the role of personal relationships in our lives, seen in our most intimate moments and spaces. Joetta’s work has been shown throughout galleries and museums across the country and internationally

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