Year One at the Rehoboth Art League

Chloe Irla

April 6, 2018 - May 7, 2018

Ventures Gallery

Artist Statement

The Year One series visualizes data collected throughout my daughter’s first year of life: the time of each nursing session, pumping session, nightly sleep and morning wake-up time, nap, diaper, bath, bottle, and solid food acceptance. Through this body of work, I aim to make the invisible labor of parenthood visible by bringing attention to the amount of time that goes into raising a child, especially when that child is a newborn. Each piece can be read as a calendar with each line representing twenty-four hours in a day. The colored elements within the pieces represent different activities throughout the day, and the attached key can be used to decipher what took place on each specific day.

About the Artist

Chloe Irla grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia. She attended McDaniel College in Westminster, MD before receiving an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She has exhibited nationally and has been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. As an educator, she has taught studio art courses at MICA, Anne Arundel Community College, and the University of Maine at Farmington. Chloe is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at McDaniel College, where she teaches digital and new media art courses. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Felix.