New York City artist Hein Koh has responded to the viral attention she received after she posted a pic of herself working on a laptop while simultaneously breastfeeding both her twin babies at once. This is like the CrossFit of motherhood.
#tbt 5/19/15 when my #twins were 5 weeks old and despite the sleep deprivation and frequent (every 2-3 hours, 24-7, 45 min at a time) #breastfeeding, I was still getting shit done. #MarinaAbramovic thinks children hold women back in the art world, but as @dubz19 put so aptly, "FUKKK THAT". All Marina knows is her own experience, and it may be true for her, but that is not everyone's experience nor truth. Becoming a #mom (of twins no less) has personally helped me become a better #artist - I learned to be extremely efficient with my time, prioritize what's important and let go of the rest, and #multitask like a champ. I learned to function (even if barely) on very little sleep, and out of the chaos, insanity and even torture at times, a flood of new emotions entered into my work, becoming more interesting & layered as a result. I'm also not saying that artist parents are better artists than non-parent artists, or that choosing not to be a parent will deny you access to these learning experiences. What I am saying is that parenting is like any other challenge in life - the biggest fucking challenge in my own life thus far - and if you embrace it and figure out creative solutions, you can emerge a better person. It's important to think about the ways in which these challenges can help you move forward, rather than hold you back. #artistmom #tandembreastfeeding #multitasking #heinkoh #greenpoint #brooklyn #nyc
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Her post was a response to a controversial comment by artist Marina Abramovic (who may or may not be Becky with the Good Hair, jk) that having children holds women in the art world back. Back in July, Abramovic said:
I had three abortions because I was certain that it would be a disaster for my work. One only has limited energy in the body, and I would have had to divide it. In my opinion, that's the reason why women aren't as successful as men in the art world.
Koh, an artist and mother of twins, wasn't having any of it. "#MarinaAbramovic thinks children hold women back in the art world, but as@dubz19 put so aptly, 'FUKKK THAT'" she wrote in the caption of the photo. "Becoming a #mom (of twins no less) has personally helped me become a better #artist"
Apparently, the message resonated with people—it went viral on Facebook and Instagram and sparked international media attention. Now Koh has responded to its huge impact, telling Cosmopolitan.com: