Molly Freemark 

1928-1981

Molly Freemark was my grandmother. I never got the chance to meet her. She died when she was 53 from a complication in surgery connected to her uterus. Using original recordings, the performance documented a real-life conversation between a mother and her daughter (my mother), encapsulating Molly’s challenges, fears, and daily routine as a mother in the late 1970s. the sound of Molly's voice is edited in a loop. Although the actual recordings are funny at times, here they demonstrate how inauthenticity was performed in Molly’s reality, as she expressed relinquishing everything she wanted in order to have children and raise them properly.  

Perhaps by creating this performance and writing this paper I am documenting a maternal path through the generations, using her struggle to learn how to fight my own.