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ARiM - Artist Residency in Motherhood #6

This is my last blog during ARiM, which I started three months ago. I started this residency with the intention to set up my art practice again within the conditions of today. During this residency I noticed that I didn’t feel the need to make work anymore. First I was a bit worried about that, but I realized that this is not so strange because of the life phase I’m in. I have too little time and I don’t have the concentration to go into a visual- and making process. When we are going to travel around the world in 2021 I’m sure this process will flow again.

The further I came in this residency the less time I got. Therefore blogging became the place in which the process occurred. I like that actually and it works for me to keep a process going, whether it’s visual or not.

My ARiM period is finished now but I decided to keep blogging at Witte Rook. I want to explore the possibilities within this medium and develop myself in blogging. I think this medium is also appropriate in the future to do reports from The Atlas about the life onboard, the nomadic way of living and about the projects with artists and scientists in which we will be involved.

For now, I take a summer break. I’ll be back with a fresh new blog on September 1st. From there I’ll blog once a month.


Photo: ‘Kijken naar een veranderend landschap’ (Looking at a changing landscape), Laura Schippers, Landkunst aan de Zuiderwaterlinie, BKKC, Staatsbosbeheer & Erfgoed Brabant, ‘s Hertogenbosch, 2017

This photo is made by Max de Vries.


Laura Schippers

Breda, Netherlands

ARiM - Artist Residency in Motherhood is founded by Lenka Clayton. It is a self-directed, open-source Artist in Residency to empower and inspire artists who are also mothers. An Artist Residency in Motherhood is the reframing of parenthood as a valuable site for art practice, rather than an obstruction to be overcome. The residency will take place in everyday life, in and around home.

For the next 3 months I will undergo this self-imposed artist residency in which I explore the fragmented focus, nap-length studio time and limited movement / resources and allow it to shape the direction of my work. These conditions are just about the opposite of the conditions I created for myself during my study at the art academy a few years ago.

After the birth of my daughter Lieve on August 5, 2016 I tried to continue my art practice several times. I found it hard to maintain my art practice in between taking care of Lieve, making money and creating my ideal art studio Atlas Initiatief (a self-sustainable ship to travel around the world, what will also function as an AiR for artists and scientists). So, I want to use the structure of this residency to set up an art practice within the conditions of today.

Follow my process here at

From 1 April to 30 June 2018.

Updated every two weeks.

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