I am a daughter, but not a mother. Dorothea Lange’s famously photographed migrant mother had seven children at the age I have none. What I guess is this: once you become a mother, you cannot be impartial, observing life without participating. You are vested, primal. Writer Sarah Black describes a mother’s transformed gloss on reality as her “Terminator Eye,” a fierce and constant vigilance surrounding her children. The experience of motherhood gives a woman access to the full gamut of human feeling (not just the Hallmark part). Jean Sorabella offers a sweetly personal visual tour of mothers and children in art at the Met. To celebrate Mother’s Day, here are more images that capture the complications of motherhood.
- Neo-maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood (the Brooklyn Rail)
- Mothers have their day onscreen (the Vancouver Sun)
- Symbol for mother (whats-your-sign)
- Marilla Cuthbert: a wonderful maternal figure (the mom crowd)