1st Edition

Care Ethics and Art

Edited By Jacqueline Millner, Gretchen Coombs Copyright 2022
    316 Pages 20 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 20 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What would it mean to substitute care for economics as the central concern of politics? This anthology invites analysis, reflections and speculations on how contemporary artists and creative practitioners engage with, interpret, and enact care in practices which might forge an alternative ethics in the age of neoliberalism.

    Interdisciplinary and innovative, it brings together contributions from artists, researchers and practitioners who creatively consider how care can be practised in a range of contexts, including environmental ethics, progressive pedagogies, cultures of work, alternative economic models, death literacy advocacy, parenting and mothering, deep listening, mental health, disability and craftivism.

    Care Ethics and Art contributes new modes of understanding these fields, together with practical solutions and models of practice, while also offering new ways to think about recent contemporary art and its social function. The book will benefit scholars and postgraduate research students in the fields of art, art history and theory, visual cultures, philosophy and gender studies, as well as creative and arts practitioners.

    Introduction Jacqueline Millner and Gretchen Coombs

    Part 1: Caring relations: collaborating, parenting

    Chapter 1 Care, interrelatedness and creative practices: The Care Project (2018-2022): Jacqueline Millner

    Chapter 2 Creative care: modelling caring practices through artistic collaborations in neurodiverse and palliative-care contexts: Catherine Bell

    Chapter 3 Improvising caring: Catherine Ryan

    Chapter 4 Mental illness, care and the bad mother: Sylvia Griffin

    Chapter 5 Soiling the white cube: artist parent experiences: Nina Ross, Lizzy Sampson and Jessie Scott

    Part 2: Care and materiality: bodies, craft, textiles

    Chapter 6 Mattering bodies in a mattering world: Katie Lee

    Chapter 7 Remaining alert to an ethos of care: the responsiveness of artistic process: Kylie Banyard

    Chapter 8 The migrant material: Azza Zein

    Chapter 9 Threads of Resistance: feminist activism, collaborative making and care ethics: Rachael Haynes

    Chapter 10 Care through craft: making in defence of Human Rights: Tal Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Dunlap

    Part 3: Care: value, work, institution

    Chapter 11 Sex work, care work and art work in Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Therese Henningsen’s Maintenancer (2018): Benison Kilby

    Chapter 12 Care-full reading: towards a speculative practice of study in the university: Andrew Goodman

    Chapter 13 Alleviating anxiety: care in action during the pandemic: Rebecca Mayo

    Chapter 14 Working in the Trouble and Jane Bennett’s Middle Ground: animating creative projects in the Australian Anthropocene: Elizabeth Day

    Chapter 15 FAVOURECONOMY: sharing alternative value in the arts: Stella Chen and Claire Field

    Chapter 16 Caring about the vast non-existent horizon: cosmographic infrastructures and performances of care in twenty-first century feminist art practice: Nancy Mauro-Flude

    Part 4: Artist pages

    Chapter 17

    Sam Bews, Elements (The Language of My Mother, Second Iteration), 2021

    Rebekah Pryor, Saltcellars, 2017

    Ebony Muller, CARE DANCE, 2017–2020

    Louisa Bufardeci, Tacking, 2019–ongoing

    Linda Judge, Mum, 2019

    Part 5: Care and earth: doting, healing, advocating

    Chapter 18 Patch/work, re/pair: a braided dialogue on breakage, fires, and the labours of care: Deb Cleland and Zsuzsi Soboslay

    Chapter 19 Capturing the air: care in the field of measurement: Jessie Boylan

    Chapter 20 Stand your ground: global solidarity through creative care Caroline Phillips

    Chapter 21 A manifesto of care: Keely Macarow


    Jacqueline Millner is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at La Trobe University, Australia. Her books include Conceptual Beauty (2010), Fashionable Art (with A.Geczy, 2015), Feminist Perspectives on Art: Contemporary Outtakes, (co-edited with Catriona Moore, 2018) and Contemporary Art and Feminism (with Catriona Moore, 2021). She has co-curated major exhibitions and public programs including Curating Feminism (2014), Future Feminist Archive (2015) and Femflix (2016).

    Gretchen Coombs is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT, Australia. She is a co-author of Creative Practice Ethnographies (2019) and author of The Lure of the Social: Encounters with Contemporary Artists (2021).