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Portrait of the Mother as an Artist – Guernica guernicamag.com

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To think of the mother as artist does not necessitate a conflict, nor does it require a choice between passive domestic surrender or total domestic rejection, although for a long time the world demanded that it did. Such frames only reinforce hierarchies, limit her to merely a fragment when, of course, she is com posed of many pieces.

Craft β€” a designation used to subjugate many art-making practices that have been the domain of women: needlepoint, pottery, quilt making. With their connections to the home, these mediums have been historically dismissed, supposedly lacking the rigor and intellectual complexity of high art.

β€œI have drawn my children and painted them endlessly and I cannot distinguish them from my soul…”

she sometimes wonders why an artist must inhabit turmoil or drama to be taken seriously.

Kimberly Hirsh, PhD @kimberlyhirsh