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Maternity meets Modernity: Virginia Bodman's transformation of maternal experience through the work of Pablo Picasso and Keith Vaughan

Corby, Vanessa (2019) Maternity meets Modernity: Virginia Bodman's transformation of maternal experience through the work of Pablo Picasso and Keith Vaughan. Journal Visual Art Practice. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This essay considers how an oil painter creatively draws on the work of two Modernist artists to negotiate the lived experience of maternity. Structured in three sections it offers close readings of works made by Virginia Bodman over a period of twenty-six years. Bodman had been a painter of considerable professional standing by the time she became pregnant with her first child in 1988. This change in circumstances displaced her from her usual studio practice and had a significant impact on her choice of materials and subject matter. Precious Papers (1988), Monument (1993–5) and Family Photo (2014) enable this essay to consider the way in which the push and pull of liquid matter reveals a becoming mother’s negotiation of the transformation of the self and history in paint. In so doing it mobilises Griselda Pollock’s (1999) argument that the mother/Other can be a site of political agency, calling for a reappraisal of the radical conceptual value that phenomenology assigned to the maternal body as a metaphor of painting and the studio practice. This essay argues that the tangle of matter, movement and memory in Bodman’s dialogues with Picasso and Vaughan illuminate strategies to overcome the displacement of maternal experience.

Item Type: Article
Status: Submitted
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ755.7-759.92 Parents. Parenthood
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
School/Department: School of Art, Design & Computer Science
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3848

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