Live Online Launch: Maternal Aesthetics

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  1. I have been really enjoying reading and viewing the material on the Surprise of the Real issue. It is such a rich and lovely issue.

  2. This is wonderful! I am overwhelmed by the heartfelt depth and sometimes terrible beauty of the work in Maternal Aesthetics, and am honored to have my piece included. I had a quick look-through, viewing the artworks and reading your brilliant and emotionally-affecting essay. I will be returning, again and again, to look at everything in more detail — it is almost too much to take all at once. Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. Such a wonderful issue. I am delighted to be part of it. There is so much talent and enthusisam for this work- it is very encouraging!

  4. What a wonderful in-depth thought provoking essay. I can’t help but think deeply about how our roles as mothers intensify as we get older. No longer do we glide through the rituals of daily caring for our children. Their emotional needs as young adults, as they establish their own adulthood foundations, are far more challenging. I constantly review what I needed at their age and the little I discussed it with my mother. Is it possible to be a mother before physically giving birth?

    Your description of caring for your mom really touched me. Not only because of the physicality of the moment but the intensity of the emotional moment and all it represented. interestingly enough we have the least amount of interpretive credibility when it comes to investigating it through art. One would think that as we get older our wisdom and insight would be more valuable. Strangely enough we enter the invisible world. What a waste of a cultural goldmine. I love visiting my parents’ community. The richness of backgrounds and stories told, dumbfound me. It would be a wonderful population to investigate because it is not just the Depression-WWII-50’s Nuclear Family subservient woman group. These women have survived the Holocaust, escaped China, lived through the Depression, and more and more, and have an insight into a fast paced changing world that would be fascinating to investigate and chronicle from a feminist direction.

  5. Thanks Andrea! This is great! I completely agree with your rejection of the so-called ‘post-feminist’ world. In fact, by reading the editorial, I could not help but wonder about negative concepts around motherhood. Feminist theory often gravitate around rejection and recuperation of motherhood. You mentioned the duality between feminist motherhood and the patriarchal concept of motherhood which is right on. But in recuperating motherhood should we not also acknowledge the coexisting realities that reject it? I am thinking here specifically about feminist non-motherhood but also about feminist notions of pregnancy that reject motherhood. The mother without the maternal bond or even the ‘falling out of motherhood after motherhood’. These, I think, as opposed to submissive realities and resistance strategies, represent a move away from patriarchal values and create a social reality that uses something else as a parameter. This point could be linked quite nicely with Wendy Hollway’s work which in a sense, by tracing Juhana’s voice, express one dimension of the sort of negative account circumventing the maternal that I am speaking of.

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