The traditional role of the mother has existed exclusively in the domestic sphere for centuries. Contemporary discourse surrounding motherhood is not detached from those very presumptions and assumptions. This results in a void of critique that could benefit mothers and academics alike, adding a varied perspective challenging the role of mothers, the role of artists and artisans.
The notion of mothers as artists isn’t typically present in academic discourse of feminist theory or art history, despite arts being integral to many of the domestic responsibilities. This explores 1. the role of the mothers as makers and 2. challenges what art has historically been. Art is a category, one that elevates objects and their makers to a certain status in society. Historians and critics have traditionally viewed fine arts with a seperate mystification, presenting makers as genius and talent, eccentric and intellectual. Artisans were viewed as masters of craft more so than a genius type. Whether painter or a weaver, the interaction and level of talent, dedication and understanding of material are all factors relevant to the labeling and catergorization of art/objects and what seperates the two.
I hope to explore the historical role of mothers and their traditional domestic responsibilities while considering a kind of democracy between art and objects. With this understanding all mother/makers and artisans are elevated to a position of artist, procreating and creating, nurturing life, and mastering their craft.