Bill the Patriarchy
www.BillthePatriarchy.comOn International Women's Day, Maciesz launched the billthepatriarchy.com website. It enables caregivers to calculate how many hours of unpaid labor they do every year and receive an itemized invoice with their lost wages. The average self-reported salary on the quiz is about 100,000 a year.
Bill the PatriarchyIn this performance the artist defies the isolation and invisibility of a stay at home mom by publicly demanding pay for her work as a mother. The United States is the only advanced economy without any state sponsored parental leave, and currently only 13% of the population has any access to paid leave. By sending local, state and federal representatives her time sheets and invoices, she is asking that all unpaid caregivers be seen. Every two week she paints her time sheets and invoices and faxes them to congress.
Keeping TimeKeeping Time is a collaborative performance between mother and son. The artist keeps track of her newborn son's actions throughout the day with different strokes of her paintbrush. Each line of painting is one hour of time, and is available for purchase at the cost of the Oakland minimum wage of $12.10.
Mom BodyThis series of watercolor paintings depicts the changing postpartum body of the artist. Created in tandem with a series of Parent Poems, this work explores the overlooked aspects of early parenthood.
Parent PoemsThis collection of poems documents pregnancy and early parenthood. Created in tandem with Mom Body, Keeping Time and Invoice the Patriarchy, these poems articulate the rewards and challenges of parenthood.
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