Trailblazing Artists Worth Your Time To Get To Know…

Many more to come but here’s a sample of some amazing female artists who have dealt with the maternal form from a woman’s perspective… a rare occurrence in art history until just a few decades ago.

paula Modersohn_Becker_self portait on her sixth wedding day
Paula Modherson Becker;  Self portrait on her 6th wedding day (1906 )
alice neel_margaret evans pregnant 1978 oil 146x96cm
cindy sherman-untitled 205 after raphael 1989

Cindy Sherman Untiltled 205 After Raphael 1989

Alice Neel Margaret Evans pregnant 1978 oil 146x96cm
louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois The Fragile Goddess (2002)


Paula Modersohn Becker Mother and child 1907



From the studio: Naomie Hatherley

The time has come for me to share, so here are a couple of recent works from my studio: Transition, and Derby Memorial Pool. Both continue an ongoing conversation about the maternal form in art.

Transition dwells on the threshold of change; it captures the passing of one moment to the next.

Naomie Hatherley 2011

Transition Acrylic and ink on canvas 60.5x50.5cm

I have included the  Boab Prison Tree, from Derby in the west Kimberley, married with a reclining maternal form over an abstract expressionist-inspired pool of chaotic colour.

The Boab Prison, not unlike the pregnant form, is a symbol laden with emotive associations.  1,500 years of memories haunt her fifteen-metre girth and fleshy skin marred by the penetrative marks of those who have visited her. Significantly, these scars grow in size and depth over time until they eventually become a distinguishing part of her form.


Derby Memorial Pool Acrylic & ink on Canvas 60.5cmx50.5cm

No words needed for this one.

~ naomie

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