Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Living in the Shadows of Perfection

Presenter Information

Katharina MarchantFollow

Class

Article

Department

Art

Faculty Mentor

Carsten Meier

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The series Within the Shadows of Perfection is a commentary on the reclaiming of mother identity. When a child is born a mother places herself on the endangered species list. It is easy to lose a sense of self and can be even harder to regain identity. Within the Shadows of Perfection is a play on Victorian child portraiture. Photographs of mother and children are paired with stories the mother shared about reclaiming and developing an identity after havg children. The women each had different backgrounds, parenting styles, and cultures; but each had an underlying feeling of self guilt. Even if they believed themselves to be supported there was still something in the background of their minds whispering they were being selfish for taking an hour alone. A mother becomes the silent hero in the saga of the child. Although it is important for a mother to nurture the children to form an identity for themselves it is just as important for a woman to maintain and bandage her own identity without shame. There is a great need for mothers to raise from the trenches of the mommy-war and realize it is not shameful or selfish for a mother to engage in activities for her own identity.

Start Date

4-9-2015 3:00 PM

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Living in the Shadows of Perfection

The series Within the Shadows of Perfection is a commentary on the reclaiming of mother identity. When a child is born a mother places herself on the endangered species list. It is easy to lose a sense of self and can be even harder to regain identity. Within the Shadows of Perfection is a play on Victorian child portraiture. Photographs of mother and children are paired with stories the mother shared about reclaiming and developing an identity after havg children. The women each had different backgrounds, parenting styles, and cultures; but each had an underlying feeling of self guilt. Even if they believed themselves to be supported there was still something in the background of their minds whispering they were being selfish for taking an hour alone. A mother becomes the silent hero in the saga of the child. Although it is important for a mother to nurture the children to form an identity for themselves it is just as important for a woman to maintain and bandage her own identity without shame. There is a great need for mothers to raise from the trenches of the mommy-war and realize it is not shameful or selfish for a mother to engage in activities for her own identity.