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Casaundra Beard received her MFA in Visual Studies and her BFA in Drawing at Missouri State University. While pursuing her degree she served as a teacher of record in 3D studies and Art History at Missouri State University. Now, she works as an Academic Advisor at Drury University. Her work is interdisciplinary using a wide range of materials such as fibers, found objects, and digital media to create sculptures and installations. She is a wife and mother of two young children, which provide inspiration for her work. Commenting on her frustrations about domestic life, she reveals her personal experiences of how sometimes her anxiety and motherhood coincide in a raw and unfiltered manner. By addressing the harsh stigmas society has towards both anxiety and motherhood, she hopes to normalize the reality rather than continuing the cycle of idealized notions of what motherhood is supposed to be. Her work was recently exhibited at Springfield Art Museum and during the pandemic she has also participated in several online exhibitions alongside artists from across the nation.
This body of work represents my frustrations about domestic life, by communicating the raw, un ltered side of how my anxiety and motherhood sometimes coincide. By addressing the harsh stigmas society has towards both anxiety and motherhood, I hope to normalize the reality rather than continue the cycle of these idealized notions of what motherhood is supposed to be. Each piece represents a small seemingly insigni cant moment from my average day, but it is when they start to accumulate together that results in an anxiety at- tack. e titles of each piece are the positive mantras I repeat endlessly to convince myself that I am doing a good job raising my children. Motherhood is anything but easy, and because of that “Good Moms” come in all forms. at is why I have created a platform to discuss; e Good, the Bad and the Unspoken.