Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mother as Artist - Who Does She Think She Is?


I saw this on Lori's blog and had to share it with you.

Being a Mother & Writer--

I cannot tell you how many times I have struggled with this in my own life and in so many ways-- in how much time I spend on my art vs. how much time I spend with my family, in content and what I write about, the idea of being selfish, needing time alone.

I cannot wait to see this. I have it in my Netflix queue as "saved" as it's not available yet.

Here's the website for the documentary



  1. Kelli:
    I found this really interesting because only recently I did a post on a world anthology of poetry being published in the United Arab Emirates and I marveled that out of 15 American poets selected to have work included - 7 were women. I though to myself how amazing it was, from an Arab culture in which equality for women hardly even qualifies as a dream. For all the strides women have made in the past 10 years, when it comes to art America remains a very backwards nation.

    I know there are really two separate issues here. One being the ability for women to be taken seriously as artists. The other is the issue of women juggling family and their art, or any career, but especially art because it is so often marginalized.

    For the life of me I can't understand the basis for people failing to take women seriously at art.
    Perhaps I'm just an oddity as a member of "male" gender. I don't get the problem; but then, my endocrinologist is female, my chiropractor is female, and while my present general practitioner is a male, I have had a female G.P. in the past as well.

    If it's any consolation, I personally bet I've tended to read female poets 3 to 1 over male this past year.

  2. Thanks, Michael. Your comments are comforting to me. My feelings about this go back and forth. One thing for sure is that women need to make sure they step up to make their voices heard. It's one thing if we're being neglected, it's another thing if we're speaking in a whisper, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks for your thoughtful post.


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