Thursday, November 12, 2009

a Mormon feminst image

(posted at Feminist Mormon Housewives)
painting AFP (in progress)
A room of my own. Because Virginia was right.
My space, where I have room (sufficient for my needs) to work, to make, to make a mess, to make art. My entire married life I have maintained this space in our various living/family situations; sometimes it has just been a corner of a room, or half a closet and part of the table, etc. In our current local, I occupy the entire thing. I have frequently felt guilt about it, conflicted about my taking up so much space (a lovely way to top off recurring feelings of artistic failure). And for a good couple of years after my son was born, it became a rather neglected room. But not lately. With my son's growing independence and starting school, I am back in my room. No time for guilt now, only have time to work, to get into it with my materials. Making a mess, Making art. Using this room of my own.

BTW, I just found this trailer for a documentary about women artists who are mothers, to me it's searing, I almost cry every time I watch it. Powerful. "Who Does She Think She Is?"

(I think that woman, in the middle of the documentary, is Mormon. Makes my heart so happy.)

4 comments:

C. L. Hanson said...

That is a great image, and I'm really impressed with your art!

I keep trying to think of an image I can contribute to the "Mormon feminist image" collection, but none of my images are "Mormon" enough. Unless they'd let me submit some of the cartoons from my novel...

G said...

Thanks CL! :)

I wasn't sure just how Mormon this was either, but it slide by :)
(now... something from your novel would be EXCEPTIONAL!!!)
hahahahahaha!!!!!!

Brooke said...

Hi G! I am very interested in that documentary. Have you seen it? I just looked up the Mormon artist in the trailer. It looks like something of hers is in the permanent collection at UofA in Tucson.

http://www.janismarswunderlich.com/about.php

G said...

brooke!! thank you!! she was the artist I was most fascinated by in the preview (no, haven't had the chance to see the whole thing yet).

I had not had the time to try to look her up yet.

have you seen the full documentary? netflix doesn't have it available yet... I may just have to buy myself a copy :)