Rebecca Baillie is a self-taught artist who has always studied Art History alongside making work. She uses photography, drawing, and sculpture – whichever medium best supports the current idea. Recently awarded a PhD, her academic specialism lies in the study of melancholia, surrealism and its legacies, and the maternal body in visual culture. Rebecca is an active member of the steering group for MaMSIE, as well as a freelance writer and curator. She lives and works in East London, UK.
I am equally interested in the ‘childless mother’, the ‘allmother’, and in fantasies of maternity as I am in the actual experience. Along these lines, I think in particular of the artists Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin and Tabitha Moses. I sometimes think that the reality of motherhood can hinder art making, and that being a ‘mother artist’ has nothing at all to do with having children.