November 3, 2016

"Five Years After Giving Birth In A Gallery, This Artist Is Still Raising Her Child As Art."

"Many women are forced to adjust their careers when they become mothers. In a sense, [Marni] Kotak is no different."
The birth of her son coincided with the birth of an artistic endeavor that would stretch on far past the foreseeable future. The sequel to “The Birth” would be called “Raising Baby X,” and could continue until, well, indefinitely.

“It involves the entire birth to death continuum,” Kotak explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “If I believe my real life is the ultimate performance, motherhood goes on, indefinitely.”
"Indefinitely" may not be when you reach the death end of that "birth to death continuum" but when the child, after learning to read, gets on the internet and sees how you've used and spoken about him all his life.

My life is not your performance, Mom.

9 comments:

Laslo Spatula said...

"“If I believe my real life is the ultimate performance..."

"...a poor player, that struts and frets (her) hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

I am Laslo.

Unknown said...

If reddit is still around in 10 years, I will look forward to reading this kids story on the Raised by Narcissists sub.

robother said...

Haven't yuppie moms been doing this the last 20 years or so? Art imitates life.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Some eccentrics are less charming than others.

mikee said...

"My life is not your performance, Mom."

There are entire cultures wherein the Moms would disagree with that. My Mom would.

Richard said...

A real life Truman Show.

Matthew Blaine said...

What's the difference between this, and a mother who puts her five-year old son in dresses and plans to delay his puberty?

mishu said...

Where's dad in all this? Are men needed? Yes. Here's why, we wouldn't be talking about dumb shit like this.

Nancy Reyes said...

One is reminded of the Dionne Quintuplets, who were put on public display by their indigent parents, and ended up with many mental problems.

if there are no family members willing to intervene, then one wonders why no one reports her to the Child welfare people. Of course, I'd say the same about Jon Benet Ramsey and a lot of child actors...