An Ode to Motherhood responds to a personal interest involving both universal and specific experiences individuals encounter with self-growth and in observing how we cope with these cycles of constant development. This thesis inquiry began by observing and documenting the concept of self-growth through real-life examples of individuals around me, including family, friends, acquaintances, and myself.
An Ode to Motherhood seeks to understand how the mother/daughter relationship impacts our self-growth and attempts to unpack who mothers are—behind their title. Through the intimate research findings and observations from women who shared their experiences, the project culminates in a zine collection, an accompanying card game and a message making kit.
The goal of this thesis inquiry is to create a space for viewers to relate to and reflect on self-actualization through the lens of the universal maternal relationship. An Ode to Motherhood depicts real-life examples of self-growth using artifacts including ephemera, letters, quotes and captured memories to inspire reflection through evocative artifacts.