gestating ideas (reading and thinking as baby grows in belly)
While I've been silently (at least on this blog) expanding, I have been reading, thinking, sketching and preparing. I can't help but feel like I'm transported back to the moment when I was an undergrad art and art history student who wrote a paper comparing and contrasting Lucian Freud's paintings of pregnant nudes
and Alice Neel's portraits of pregnant women
with Annie Leibowitz's photo portrait of Ms. Demi Moore.
I really wish I could find that paper now but the core ideas (how conflicted we are about looking at pregnany women) seem still relevant. I'm much happier to look at Alice Neel's almost moms and Demi Moore retaining her glamour, than I am at the strangely distanced Freud subjects.
A lot has changed, of course, since that paper in 1992 or so and I've been trying (at least) to pay attention to such fascinating trends as :mommies who blog as a business. Example number one dooce.com as written up by Lisa Belkin in the New York Times Magazine. reporters covering the world of parenting...Belkin's own Motherlode site on the times is full to the brim of ideas.
artists who happen to be mommies, also happen to raise smart creative children and also happen to write books and have kick-ass websites. See Amy Karol at Angry Chicken
pregnancy related artwork has become a business with belly casting and then there is the amazing phenom of painted baby bumps
A few months ago, my friend Jess was two weeks late, very big and very eager to have her baby (she did, he's awesome). I doodled this thinking of her (in no way a portrait). Aesthetic thanks to Alice Neel, many thanks to Jess for inspiration on how one can be a wonderful mom and a fabulous (in her case) curator at the same time...