You Space Me

Bugga and I have been centering our daily routine around making art together. Pouring ink on old paintings. Glueing colored pencil drawings to old elevation maps. Covering all paper in sight in long expressive swipes of crayon. 

While he naps, I select one of our collaborative drawings and fill in the gaps with white oil paint or meditative concentric graphite circles — an albeit heavy-handed metaphor for illuminating and assessing the spaces between my child, my past, and my present.

The final product, when framed and presented, appears to be a simple abstract painting — just as being a mother and artist can appear to be so “simple” and “put together” when viewed through the lens of social media.

Through this experience, I am learning how to perceive the space that is still available for me as a separate and sacred entity — even when my child, partner, household responsibilities, and the cultural expectations of “motherhood” feel overwhelming.

My hope is this process of art making will shape me into a more present parent, a more expressive artist, and a more expansive human being — and that the final artworks created will encourage you in your own grapplings with in-between spaces.

Purchase Details

This entire series is Pay What You Can!

When you find the piece you want to bring home, click the “Purchase” button to send an email (or send a new message to info@cjhowardart.com) with the number of the piece you want (#1, #7, #12, etc) and the price you would like to purchase it for. Whether it's $5, $50, $500, or anywhere in between. Whatever you can pay, it's yours.

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you space me #1, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #2, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #3, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #4, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #5, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #6, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #7, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #8, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #9, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #10, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #11, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, acrylic paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #12, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, acrylic paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #13, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, acrylic paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #14, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, acrylic paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed

 

you space me #15, 2019 (original)

Medium: Oil paints, acrylic paints, india ink, and crayons on canvas

Dimensions: 12” x 16” framed