Feminist Art and the Maternal
written by Andrea Liss
University of Minnesota Press | ISBN 9780816646234
Paperback – 192 pages
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Noting that there exists a dichotomy between feminism and motherhood, Liss (contemporary art history and cultural theory, California State U. San Marcos) examines the representation of feminist motherhood in contemporary Western art, specifically in Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document, Mierle Laderman Ukeles's Maintenance Art projects, the collaborative group Mother Art, Ellen McMahon's No New Work, the group M.A.M.A., Renée Cox's Yo' Mama portraits, Ngozi Onwurah's film The Body Beautiful, and collaborations between May Stevens and Civia Rosenberg. She rethinks aspects of feminist discourse on the body, and considers how artist-mothers illustrate their experiences, rethinking and recreating images of the maternal. She addresses topics such as patriarchal ideas about motherhood, reciprocity, and intersubjectivity.