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