The story behind the website.
This website was initially created as a public forum in which to share my artistic process and production of new works during the Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARiM). I chose to name the site Raising Rebel to honor the path I have taken to become the artist-mama of my current work and daughter Rebel.
I set out to raise Rebel and ended up raising my self, my blended family, a profound reconnection with land and environment, a direct line to ancestral memory, and a deep mindfulness in my approach to this life as an artist.
I had always known that one day I would become a mother to a daughter and that I would do everything possible to raise a thoughtful, creative, energetic, question-asking, no-shit-taking feminist grrrl. What I did not know was that the seemingly straightforward path to raising Rebel was in fact a very windy, bumpy, and glorious nuanced trail-blazing adventure to becoming a member of a blended multi-racial family, to learning how to cast wordsmith and mixed media spells as a sleep-deprived, full-time caregiving artist-mama, and to completing shifting all concepts of time, community, accountability, and space as I forged the path out of postpartum and back into artistic production.
Most of all, raising rebel has been about the fact that the perceived importance of my goals are oftentimes trumped by the profundity of the journey it takes to achieve them. I set out to raise Rebel and ended up raising my self, my blended family, and a deep mindfulness in my approach to this life as an artist.