I am an Artist and a Mom is the first step to establishing a community of artist moms. This exhibition's focus is on emotion, nostalgia, love, and belonging.
As a mom, many of us often forget the passion we had before our lives became family focused. Living away from their home country, immigrant moms especially struggle day to day not only with raising children, but also with adjusting to different customs and lifestyles. In the midst of all of this hardship, it is important to not forget who you are. For many artist moms, art is the medium that connects themselves to the creative world. We hope to encourage many moms to re-discover their love for the arts, regain self confidence, and continue to create unique pieces. For this exhibition, we wanted to showcase diverse artworks created by the artists. As we reviewed the artworks, we noticed that many works embodied the artists' love for their children, their self reflection, nostalgia about their home countries, and passion for their artwork.
We hope this will establish an artist community where the artists can share their talents as well as their daily ordeals of being a super mom. We understand that there are limited opportunities to meeting new people and wanted to open up that opportunity through Simple Steps.- The Curatorial Team, Kathrin Choi, Hyunji Ghang, Sangmi Koh
Simple Steps Community Connection (aka Simple Steps) was founded in May 2017 in an effort to support immigrant communities in the Bay Area. Simple Steps recognized the challenges encountered by immigrants in tapping significant resources and sought to provide greater opportunities for the communities. One of our main causes is empowering women who want to return to the workforce after taking a career break, an issue that touches many women, particularly those with immigrant backgrounds.