In 2013, Lenka Clayton attempted to objectively measure the furthest distance she could be from her toddler son in three environments: a city park, the alley behind their Pittsburgh home, and in the aisles of a local supermarket. The trio of videos humorously underlines the challenging judgment calls that parents make about how much autonomy to give their children. Clayton produced these videos as part of a larger project, Artistic Residency in Motherhood, a grant-funded residency she created out of her own home “to explore the…upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my work, rather than try to work ‘despite it.’”

Organized by Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Lenka Clayton
The Distance I Can Be From My Son, 2013 (still)
single-channel video projection
4:35 minutes
Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, 2017