Doubt and uncertainty mark her account of family inheritance, photographic portraiture, and eldercare.
After Pregnancy, an Artist’s Work Changes Course
“You turn inward because you’re focused on this new life that’s housed inside of you,” said Kimia Ferdowsi Kline.
The Very Real “Motherhood Penalty” in the Art World
Cultural institutions are constantly draining their talent pool and dismissing this retention problem as a woman’s issue, when it is a structural failure.
The Central, Yet Invisible, Labor of Motherhood in Art
Curators, scholars, artists, and designers reflect on the labor and experience of motherhood in the new essay collection Inappropriate Bodies.
Painting the Extreme Intimacy Between a Mother and Her Infant Child
In Madeline Donahue’s first solo exhibition, Attachments, the relationship between a mother and child threatens to subsume each individual into one being.
A Disturbing Reckoning With China’s One-Child Policy
Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s new documentary One Child Nation unpacks the history and brutal effects of a policy that dominated a population.
Dorothea Lasky’s Provocative Poems about Motherhood
The poems in Milk combine snarky sense of humor with an edge of semi-bitter self-consciousness.
The Politics of Being a Parent in the Art World
The Let Down Reflex is essential viewing for anyone engaged with issues of caring economies, so-called “women’s work,” or the question of living wages for the art world’s service workers.
An Outsider Art Born of Fantasy
Four years ago, Jamie Diamond was looking for a realistic doll to use in a photographic series and stumbled upon a trove of hyperrealistic dolls known as Reborn babies.
A Tale of Motherhood in Julie Blackmon’s Playful Photographs
Fifteen years ago, photographer Julie Blackmon was exploring the basement of her Springfield, Missouri, home when she discovered an old dark room.
Facebook Is for Moms
CHICAGO — There is a set of culturally acceptable ways for mothers to be and behave in the world. Mothers aren’t allowed to have their own lives or be sexual; in essence, they’re not allowed to be human beings. When an artist who’s also a mother crosses these lines, people often react in ways that are predictable yet simultaneously a grim reflection on where we still stand culturally in regards to women and feminism.
On Being an Artist and a Mother
CHICAGO — What does it mean, bodily, physically, emotionally, mentally, and perhaps spiritually, to be what Simone de Beauvoir deemed “the second sex,” to be a woman and, moreover, to be a mother? These are questions that Chelsea Knight explores in her latest video work “The Breath We Took” (2013), now on view at Aspect Ratio.