Kate Holcomb Hale

I’m gonna sleep like a stone 

falling off a cliff

I’m gonna sleep like a stone falling off a cliff

60 x 60 x 72 inches

This body of work explores invisible labor specifically the invisible labor of families, the responsibility of which often falls upon women regardless of a pandemic. These artworks reflect a period of 5+ years in which I lost both my parents, cared for my father at the end of his life, emptied and sold my childhood home and tended to my children throughout the COVID pandemic. The kitchen table (and fragments of home) serve as vehicles through which to consider the burden and privilege of care, grief, the residue of families and the invisible labor that occurs within the domestic space, which is consistently undervalued, overlooked and underpaid.

Art made at the kitchen table has historically been looked down upon because it was typically made by women, by mothers and those without means or time for a traditional studio space. These works acknowledge that the space of creativity can exist within the home. The kitchen table can be a space of resistance (or of possibility) as to what constitutes a “proper” space for performing cultural work.  

Mother Art Prize exhibition 

at the Zabludowicz Collection, London

photography courtesy Tim Bowditch

photography courtesy Tim Bowditch

photography courtesy Tim Bowditch

Melissa Blackall Photography