Le Bébé

Le bébé, by Marie Darrieusecq is a "semi-autobiographical story of a mother’s first nine months with her newborn son. It also examines how Darrieussecq engages in the riveting debate surrounding maternal creativity. On the one hand, Le bébé is a “success story,” one that attests to the victories of the feminist movement. On the other hand, the text examines the new challenges of today’s writing mothers. Throughout the work, the “mother as scientist” analyzes her developing child while the nurturing “mom” pens her joys, discoveries, and difficulties...Because the researcher is also the mother, and because this marriage of roles in relation to one’s own child is somewhat jarring, Darrieussecq achieves a striking and truly contemporary maternal portrait."
-Claire Marrone

French novella transcribed in a language the artists don't understand over the course of their first nine months as parents.
Graphite on hand-drawn filler paper
8.5" x 11"
2010