In my work I capture feminist motherhood and family through intertwined emotions of joy, love, sadness, shame, fear, mourning, doubt, magic and beauty. By doing so, I shatter the dominant 'good, sacrificing and forgiving mother'-imaginary in which women* should only be the perfect and happy mother. With my photography, research and writings I aim for an inclusive and intersectional representation of motherhood and family in Western visual arts and culture.

With my work I express lived experiences of being a feminist mother. I’m moved by the way mxthers from all over the world experience, express, empower and learn from their feminist mothering.

I explore and research themes as pregnancy & birthing, body politics & sexuality, social reproduction & unpaid labour, maternal mental health and the domestic within a social, cultural and intersectional perspective. This in-depth perspective is necessary to acknowledge, subvert and dismantle oppressive power structures mxthers (may) experience. With my work I aim for agency for mxthers on mothering their children.


​My latest work is about pregnancy, birthing and post-partum/maternal mental health. A current theme I’m exploring is the 'Madonna and Child'-motif in photographic (maternal) art.

I am also working on a long-term project of a visual historiography on 'the photographical image of the mxther' in visual art.


As an artist-researcher-writer-poet-mother I advocate for womxn who are mothers and artists/makers. Within the art world, the myth of the childless-artist still haunts artists who are/want to be a mxther/caregiver. This ‘ghost' needs to be dismantled to gain equal and
justice positions of mxthers within the art world.

With glowing love, Isabelle

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