When in the business of presenting myself as a creative, I love to ground myself into work that inspires me. Inspiration can come from many, many places. I truly believe in the muse and feel as if ideas come to me to collaborate, but I also adore soaking into the other amazing relationships that artists are working out with their own ideas. The mastery of their technique, the use of their voice, the beauty of their presentation, and the narrative behind their work can be a source of energy and motivation that keeps my emotions on a higher vibration.
This time last year, I wrote a blog post about the 5 Women Artists that inspired me and I don’t necessarily always soak in the feminine work being done in modern times, but last year, I really wanted to try and find women that were doing the work my heart loves to do and also, women that seemed to be on some journey towards motherhood. Because honestly, in modern times, it is also a revolutionary act to be a mother.
As a mom, myself, I find that the understanding of being an artist and a mother seems to be outside societal standards that have been proposed on us before. I have been to one too many panels that said that once a woman is a mom, her art career is over, and I have been to one too many art galleries that have security trail me and my daughter around the venue to make sure “we don’t touch anything.” It’s humiliating.
As an abstract artist, I find myself in need of being out in the art scene discussing big ideas with my daughter and building a relationship with her thoughts as well as my own. Being a Mom and a mother of a child under the age of 5, it can be hard to find time or space to discuss these big ideas happening in my hand. Children demand our attention. They demand our guidance. I mean, they just got here! But that doesn’t mean that I need to forget to take care of myself or my work.
So, how do Mom’s continue to build on their art career? How can they find time for childcare or where is the support system for their big ideas? Somewhere in my search for these answers in 2018, I found it.
These ladies are guiding Artist Mothers and making the topic extremely relevant to today’s modern standards. They are breaking free of the societal pressures that people impose on women and they have made me feel as if I am not alone in my own revolutionary act. We need more toddlers and juice boxes at art receptions. This alone integrates Art into our real world. It connects us with how important those big ideas are, and it inspires creative women such as myself to keep on keeping on.
Finding these women has centered me. And I am so grateful. And honestly, their work is prolific and amazing. Any artist that has become a mother will at some point say that motherhood and the love we feel for our children has given us a new sense of gratitude for our creativity. Check it out:
3. Melissa Monroe
The narrative in her work reminds me of memories of my own womanhood and she is an artistic powerhouse in Portland, Oregon.
The narrative in her work reminds me of memories of my own womanhood and she is an artistic powerhouse in Australia!
These Powerful Lady Painters keep me going. They remind me of the power of paint, motherhood, revolution, society, inspiration, passion, and my own voice. They remind me of the power of being a creative and an inspiration. And I love their work so much.
What are some of your favorite artists? Tell me down in the comments