Lisa Conn is an artist and mom in Philadelphia. She loves making custom illustrations and creatures. Her worlds are colorful, childlike, and quirky. Her website is LisaConn.com and Instagram is @lisaconnartist. Email email@example.com. Artist statement:I love being a full time mother to a one year old and three year old- it has been the best and hardest thing I have ever done. Often I feel like an empty vessel, stomach muscles weakened where life once grew. So much of being a mother in the city feels like being on display, wide open, backbone suddenly exposed and forced to strengthen, breast always out to feed. And like a starfish whose limbs have been a dismantled, I must grow new arms that are mostly in service of others. I imagine the blood, sweat, and tears a shiny, glittering mess. In heavier moments I feel like a robot built to obey endless requests, struggling to make ends meet in a country that does not support growing families. In lighter moments I feel the exquisite beauty of connection to the family create and nurture. As I fight for time to serve the artist in me, I put the mother front and center—exposed, cut open, and yet a strong and vulnerable saint, with room to hold space for herself and her family.
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