Meditations on the complexities of motherhood and creation by the acclaimed artist
A collection of short essays by artist Camille Henrot (born 1978), Milkyways explores the ambivalence of motherhood and the process of creation in both art-making and life. Each chapter explores a cosmos of references in literature, comics, art history, psychoanalysis and more--from ancient maternity myths to modern maternity wards; from Marcel Proust to Maggie Nelson to Hélène Cixous.
Accompanied by illustrations of the artist's work in painting, drawing and sculpture, Henrot's essays oscillate freely between the personal and the societal, the candid and the complex, the visceral and the mundane. Milkyways was originally conceived for Republik magazine at the invitation of author Antje Stahl, and was written with Jacob Bromberg, Antje Stahl and Léa Trudel.