At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, lecturer Jean Sorabella finds inspiration in idealized depictions of mothers. Art connections / Motherhood
She makes it look so easy, and she’s never punishing the Christ child, or giving him a time-out.
Artist Residency in Motherhood
Lenka Clayton, conceptual artist and full-time mother created Artist Residency in Motherhood as both a personal and political statement… it subverts the art-world’s romanticisation of the unattached (often male) artist, and frames motherhood as a valuable site, rather than an invisible labor, for exploration and artistic production.
Motherhood in art: from miracle milk to joke shop breasts and caesarean scars
Zoe Williams on ‘Body of Art’ by Phaidon, Oct 15
…this had to wait for a female painter to find its expression; there being fewer of those, the topic is and has always been underrepresented. Cassatt’s The Child’s Bath, painted in 1893 by the only American to exhibit with the impressionists, takes the most quotidian act (washing a child’s feet) and invests it with poignancy merely through the direction of their gaze; the mother and child communicate on a level so instinctive that their eyes appear to be moved by the same nervous system.
From Huffington Post on Art in Motherhood
Egon Schiele Tote Mutter
Dorothea Lange Migrant Mother With Three Children, 1936
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child, ca. 1901.
READ Stewart Buettner
Woman’s Art Journal
Vol. 7, No. 2 (Autumn, 1986 – Winter, 1987), pp. 14-21
Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary Artists’ Approach to Motherhood
Sharon L. Butler, Article, The Brooklyn Rail,
Elizabeth Murray, painter
Jenny Saville, The Mothers, 2011
Jenny Saville, Continuum – book
Pregnancy Expands a Vision – Wall Street Journal on Jenny Saville’s 2011 exhibition
Art Pulse Magazine, Tales of Motherhood – Piece by Jenny Klein
It would be an over-exaggeration to claim that the topic of motherhood is suddenly a trendy issue in the contemporary art world. However, the renewed interest in feminist art coupled with the mainstream institutionalization of feminist art and artists has resulted in an increased visibility and acknowledgement of feminist art that engages with the topics of maternity and motherhood.
The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood – book
Balancing the Tide online project by poet Molly Sutton Keifer
Tracy Emin as quoted in The Independent on motherhood and art