Reconciling art and mothering / edited by Rachel Epp Buller.

by Buller, Rachel Epp [editor.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge, 2016.Description: xx, 293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781138274440.Subject(s): Motherhood in artLooking glass | Mothers in artLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glassNote: "An Ashgate book"--Front cover.;
Originally published: Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.Includes bibliographical references.
List(s) this item appears in: Women artists/designers
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Reconciling Art and Mothering contributes a chorus of new voices to the burgeoning body of scholarship on art and the maternal and, for the first time, focuses exclusively on maternal representations and experiences within visual art throughout the world. This innovative essay collection joins the voices of practicing artists with those of art historians, acknowledging the fluidity of those categories. The twenty-five essays of Reconciling Art and Mothering are grouped into two sections, the first written by art historians and the second by artists. Art historians reflect on the work of artists addressing motherhood-including Marguerite Gérard, Chana Orloff, and Renée Cox-from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Contributions by contemporary artist-mothers, such as Gail Rebhan, Denise Ferris, and Myrel Chernick, point to the influence of past generations of artist-mothers, to the inspiration found in the work of maternally minded literary and cultural theorists, and to attempts to broaden definitions of maternity. Working against a hegemonic construction of motherhood, the contributors discuss complex and diverse feminist mothering experiences, from maternal ambivalence to queer mothering to quests for self-fulfillment. The essays address mothering experiences around the globe, with contributors hailing from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

"An Ashgate book"--Front cover.

Originally published: Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliographical references.

Reviews provided by Syndetics


The 25 feminist texts (mostly devoted to contemporary art) collected in this timely volume embody a broad range of approaches to its titular subject, from art historical investigations of representations of motherhood to interviews with women artists. This diversity is supported by the bifurcation of the book into discrete sections: "On Representing the Maternal Body: Critical and Theoretical Reflections" and "Contemporary Artist-Mothers: Statements and Negotiations." Editor Buller contributes to both halves with a thorough introduction, an essay on contemporary art and maternal themes, and a short piece on her own work as an artist. By doing this, Buller asserts her role of editor, yet also draws attention to the productive exchange between the two parts of the text. Thus, readers primarily interested in Chana Orloff's powerful sculptures from the 1920s also have the opportunity to learn how sculptural practice and its evocations of the maternal have shifted over time by reading Erika Swinson's illuminating commentary on her recent work. Readers will find a satisfying breadth of artistic media discussed here, including photography, video art, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; this breadth underscores yet again the complexity and significance of the topic at hand. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. K. Rhodes Drew University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr Rachel Epp Buller is Assistant Professor of Art at Bethel College, an independent curator and artist, and a regional coordinator of The Feminist Art Project.

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