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Day Jobs | Service & Care: Violette Bule, Lenka Clayton, and Jay Lynn Gomez

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A discussion with artists about how their creative practices have been shaped by their labor as caregivers or service workers.

Waiting tables, babysitting, gardening, parenting, dishwashing, nursing, elder care, home care, cooking, answering questions and complaints, giving rides, tending to customers: paid and unpaid, at home and at work, many artists spend as much time or more attending to the needs of others as they do attending to their own artistic practices. For this public discussion, artists represented in Day Jobs discuss the relationship between care and service and how their creative practices have been shaped by their labor as caregivers or service workers.

What are the differences and similarities between service and care? In each of these artist’s practice as in the exhibition Day Jobs as a whole, the work that is in excess of the studio work has become a source of inspiration for making art. This panel will highlight these points of inspiration. It will also look at the ways in which the artists who perform this labor balance the demands of this work with the need to care for themselves, and, in turn, their creative practices.

About the Artists
As a Venezuelan who arrived in New York without family, a stable income, or reliable housing, Violette Bule captures the weight of her own lived experiences and the collective challenges faced by immigrant laborers in this country, emphasizing the importance of immigrants who work in the service industry.

Lenka Clayton has reframed her domestic life as a residency, creating a set of conditions that enabled her labor as a mother to support her work as an artist. Fragmented attention, anxiety, and the limited mobility of parenthood became productive pathways to new methods of working, rather than obstacles to overcome.

Jay Lynn Gomez’s art is rooted in her personal, lived experiences. She was born to undocumented Mexican immigrants in the Inland Empire east of Los Angeles. Beginning in 2009, after attending graduate school, Gomez got a job as a live-in nanny to a Beverly Hills family and began to paint figures of unseen workers onto pages torn from luxury magazine spreads discarded by her employer.


All public programs at the Cantor Arts Center are always free! Space for this program is limited; advance registration is recommended. Those who have registered will have priority for seating.

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Image: Violette Bule, Homage to Johnny, 2015. Installation view, Blanton Museum of Art, Day Jobs, 2023. Steel grate, forks, and magnets, approx. 48 ½ × 65 × 15 in. (123.2 × 165.1 × 38.1 cm). Collection of the artist. Photo by Manny Alcalá

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