Paula McCloskey is a doctoral student at the University of Sheffield engaged in trans-disciplinary research. She is interested in thinking and practice that explores subjectivity as an encounter, maternity, art-encounters, maternity and art, and autobiography. She has published papers in Studies in the Maternal, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Midwifery Matters, among others. She is also a founder member of A Place of Their Own, a practice that explores social inequalities and injustices through critical thinking and creative activities.
This paper aims to add a different inflection to the already expansive range of commentary and writing on one of the most well known artworks of the last forty years created by a female artist exploring the mother-child relation: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-1979 hereafter PPD). It does this by exploring the place of affect in PPD and in so doing reflects on it as a complex assemblage, a monument and potentially a place where things happen. In order to analyse PPD's asignifying aspects the paper invokes the thinking of Lisa Baraitser in her book Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption, as well as aspects of Bracha Ettinger's theory of the matrixial.