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“This project began as an attempt to archive, catalog, and make visible the anxieties that we are so often asked to suppress.”
Irene Lusztig, Creator, in The Worry Box Project
In The Worry Box Project, artist Irene Lusztig has created a forum for maternal anxieties. Lusztig collects submissions from mothers about their deepest fears. She then writes the fears out by hand, rolls each into a scrap of paper and uses the website as an archive for this process. While contributors could choose between submitting a “waking” or “dream” anxiety, the slips of paper offer no such distinction, complicating the notion of fears as real or imagined. Some are straightforward: I worry about being too much like my mother and not enough like her; while others turn ominous: There will be no child; or nightmarish: My daughter never grows any teeth and has to get dentures. The project is ongoing and will be completed when the digital “worry box” fills up. It is also a companion piece to the film The Motherhood Archives.