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Feminist Art Topics
Artworks on 30 Topics

30. Memorials/Monuments

29. Questioning Nationalism

28. Relationships/Between You and Me

27. Confronting Racism

26. War/Conflict

25. Migration

24. Maps, Borders and Cultural geography

23. Land/Landscape

22. Ecology/Ecofeminism

21. Rooms

20. A House

19. Rape/Violence against women

18. Images of/about women from history

17. Women at Work

16. Cleaning/Maintenance Work

15. Food/Cooking

14. Artists' Parents/Grandparents

13. Marriage/Weddings

12. Masquerade/Mask

11. Mannequin/Puppet/Automaton/Cyborg

10. A/The Dress

9. Nude/Naked

8. Ecstatic Bodies

7. Old Age

6. Motherhood/Mothers/Child-rearing

5. Conception/Pregnancy/Childbirth

4. Menstruation/Abortion

3. Girls

2. Images of the phallus

1. Core imagery, vaginas and vulvas

Artworks by women artists on 30 topics
related to Feminism and Contemporary Art

Introduction

About this topic: Motherhood/Mothers/Child-rearing

Mothering, and motherhood, from the point of view of women as mothers, are the subject of this topic. Breast-feeding provides a focus of many works in this group in terms of public attitudes to breast milk. However, all the processes of feeding, weaning, potty-training, acquiring language, caring for, educating and socialising children are explored. The ambivalence of the mother to these activities, as observer-participant, often in contrast with her creative labour as an artist, and coupled with the day-to-day responsibilities for socialisation and a child's development are analysed. These works explore feminist responses in how societies' approach to childcare remains heavily invested in the labour of women from the point of view of mothers.

  1. Mary Kelly (Canada, USA, UK) Post-Partum Document (1973 - 1979) installation in six sections, mixed media, nappy liners, text, slate, letraset etc      


  2. Kirsten Justesen (Denmark) CLASS STRUGGLE / KLASSEKAMPEN (1976) Pigment print on Somerset Satin Enhanced 350 gr 175 x 240 cm    Statens Museum fur Kunst, Copenhagen 


  3. Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen (UK) Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) film     British Film Institute 


  4. Bobby Baker (UK) Drawing on a Mother’s Experience (1978 - 1980) performance      


  5. Hackney Flashers (UK) Who's Holding the Baby? (1979) photography project      


  6. Elena Samperi (UK) Madonna (1979) painting       shown in Women's Images of Men (ICA, 1980)


  7. Tina Keane (UK) Hopscotch (1980) performance, recorded on video      


  8. Renate Bertlmann (Germany) ROSEMARIE’S BABY   (1983) mixed media sculptures       


  9. Ine Poppe (The Netherlands) Mothermilkcheese / Moedermelkkaas (1983) project making breast milk into cheese, documentation   You Tube Video on Work  


  10. Sherry Millner (USA) Womb with a View (1983) video 40 min  Video Data Bank  


  11. Sally Mann (USA) Family Pictures (1984 - 1991) black and white photographic series, available as book Immediate Family (Aperture, 1992)      


  12. Catherine Elwes (UK) There is a Myth (1984) video, 10 mins   V-Tape  


  13. Polvo de Gallina Negra (Monica Mayer and Maris Bustamente) (Mexico) Madres? Madres? (1986 - 1997) performances, posters, mail art pieces      


  14. Nan Goldin (USA) From Here to Maternity (1986 - 2000) 24 cibachrome prints 158 x 284 x 6.5 cm     


  15. Paula Rego (UK, Portugal) The Family (1988) Acrylic on canvas backed paper 213 x 213 cm     


  16. Adrian Piper (USA) Ur-Mutter series (1989) photo-collage, with silkscreen text 23 x 40 ins     


  17. Gail Rebhan (USA) Family Tapes (1989) video      


  18. Bettina Semmer (Germany) Assisted Paintings (1991 - 1992) series of oil paintings by artist and her daughter      


  19. Ellen McMahon (UK) No New Work (1993) 8 prints, letterpress on hand made paper from diapers and palladium prints on tracing vellum, unbound book installed on 14-foot counter 17 x 11 ins each, full installation, 24 x 24, 168 ins.     


  20. Sharon Lockhart (USA) Khalil, Shaun, a Woman under the Influence (1994) film, 16 mm 16 min  EM Arts, Napoli  


  21. Olga Chernysheva (Russia) Mothers and Daughters, First Meeting (1994) installation, slide projections, video, chairs and tables      


  22. Yun  Suknam (Korea) Pink Room (1995 - 2012) installations with wallprints, objects, chair, floor pieces about women in Korea      


  23. Katarzyna Gorna (Poland) Madonny (Madonnas) (1996 - 2001) lamda prints on dibond     Foundation for Promoting Contemporary Art 


  24. Alanna O'Kelly (Ireland) A'Beathu (1996) video installation      


  25. Lea and Pekka Kantonen (Finland) The Mother (2000) a series of performances about motherhood, made in Helsinki and Gdansk in different versions: Expectant, Nursing etc      


  26. Lin Tianmiao (China) Spawn #3 (2001) installation, print of artist's body and thread, spun into large balls representing eggs and binding of woman to pregnancy and childbirth      


  27. Mariangeles Soto-Diaz (USA) Post-Partum Blues (2001) series of paintings, referencing post-natal depression      


  28. Elżbieta Jabłońska (Poland) Supermatka/Supermother (2002) 3 photographs 100 x 150 cm each     


  29. Angelina Virgina (Russia) Your Cannibalism as the Highest Form of Love (2003) 3 monitor video installation, presented with breast milk products for audience to taste      


  30. Catherine Opie (USA) Self-portrait/Nursing (2004) photograph      


  31. Patricia Piccinini (Australia) Big Mother (2005) silicon fibre-glass sculpture, human hair, leather, studs and diaper h. 175.2 cm     


  32. Muriel Magenta (USA) 28 WOMEN: a chance for independence (2005) documentary video, 17 mins.      


  33. Jess Dobkin (Canada) Lactation Station (2006) performance project with breast milk      


  34. Joan Linder (USA) Mamas / Resume (2007 - 2015) drawings on paper, reproducing resumes inc. Louise Bourgeois, Lee Bontecou, Mary Kelly, Suzanne McClelland      


  35. Maya Zack (Israel) Mother Economy (2007) video/film 19.45 min     


  36. Rosana Paulino (Brazil) Wet Nurse (2007) wall and floor installation, monotype on canvas, satin braid, bottles, photos      


  37. Lena Simic (UK, Croatia) Contemplation Time: A Document of Maternity Leave (2007 - 2008) performance actions, photos, documents      


  38. Gao Yuan (China) Twelve Moons (2008) 12 photographs of mothers and babies following the 12 zodiac signs      


  39. Jill Miller (USA) The Milk Truck (2011) mobile breastfeeding unit decorated for performances, interventions      


  40. Argelia Bravo (Venezuela) Arrullada publica (2012) action on video, of masked women breastfeeding babies, Venezuelan Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015