I’m honored to say I’ve recently been accepted as a member of MamaCita, a collective of women artists who share the same burdens and responsibilities of balancing motherhood and creating meaningful art.

Several of the artist members are working throughout 2012 to create an installation piece, “One Year,” inspired by the nonprofit, grassroots organization Mothers In Charge. Consisting of hundreds of sculpted wire vessels, the art will memorialize each life lost to violence – and the mothers who mourn these lives – in the city of Philadelphia in 2012. If you are local and would like to attend a workshop and create a vessel as part of this installation, please do join us here.

These vessels are just a few of the beautiful pieces created as part of this project, and I was honored to photograph both the vessels and the women behind this incredible project. During the shoot, we laughed, we tossed around hundreds of ideas, we wrangled children (whose idea was it to schedule a photo session during spring break?!), and we hope you’ll consider joining a workshop to contribute your hands and hearts to this wonderful project.