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Happy Mother’s Day to the Originators

I was an artist before I was a mother.  And in this pre-materfamilia time, minutes were more friendly for creating.  They were mine, and mine only.  They were quiet.  They weren’t tangled up with asks and wants and needs and toys.  They never hungered.  As an artist who is now also a mother, nearly every single minute is shared.  Even when my two sons sleep, they are slumbering in my psyche.

Since giving birth, my art practice has changed.  There is a force that goes hand in hand with motherhood, a vigour that has seeped into and often times bombarded my subsistence as an artist.  It has been both harmonious and hostile.

I look at art through two, sometimes three pairs of eyes now.  And while I was teaching art to children, I viewed art through eyes aplenty.  I see things I may not have previously considered, and I appreciate the sincerity, the unfiltered, inexperienced, non-formulaic art pieces my sons and students have created.  I relish in the fact that my sons have been exposed to more art in their young lives than I’ve seen in the last three decades.

I haven’t had the opportunity to create as much as I would like, but it’s all there, brewing.  Those hushed, lone minutes will return.

This US Mother’s Day, I pay tribute to all the mothers who are artists. and I salute the following artists who have chosen motherhood as a theme in their works.

 
 

Shira Richter, Push, photograph

 
 

 Amanda Jane Crouse, ceramic figures

 
 

 Louay Kayali, Mother and Child,  1973, oil on wood

 
 

 Alison Saar, study for Sea of Nectar, 2008, wood, ceiling tin, bronze and tar

 
 

 Masud Alam Liton, All About My Mother, photograph

 
 

 Catherine Haley Epstein, Wore & Piece – Ne Me Quitte Pas

 
 

 Sofia Kapnissi, Statues-II, acrylic

 
 

 Gertrude Kasebier, Lollipops, 1910, photograph

 
 

 Roshanak Ofstad, My Future Is in Your Eyes, photograph

 
 

 Montserrat Gudiol Corominas, Motherhood, 1964, oil on panel

 
 

Miriam Schaer, from the series Baby (Not) On Board, 2010-2013, red thread, baby clothing

Category: Art, General, This Parenting Stuff

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  1. Anna says:

    …. And my favourite one please, Pieta’ di Michelangelo. Though I have no Catholic tendencies of whatsoever, I do feel the pain of Mary when I look at this masterpiece. The Madonna seems to dismiss her Virgin attribute as completely irrelevant and stands, before my eyes, a Woman,a Mother, and that’s the only point that matters.
    Thanks for inspiring us Lisha!!! Sometimes I ever forget to think,thanks to my three little monsters that keep me so busy. Your blogs are always so refreshingly thought provoking. You understand what I mean when I say that I have so deeply felt like the Michelangelo’s Mary in the past nearly two years, so I had to share my thoughts on what I think is another example of a motherhood epitome. With love, anna

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