Advisor

Stewart, Connie K.

Advisor

Goodwin, Donna J.

Department

Art Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

6-2019

Extent

68 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This arts-based qualitative research explored the significance of several artist mother histories in relation to motherhood, adversity, and the defiance of the dominant culture’s maternal ideologies. I used Kellman’s narrative lens of invention, description, and negotiation to investigate artist-mother conflicts and negotiations. Conceptualizing artist-mother narratives developed from mothering two sons who endured complex health issues in their childhood. I reflexively examined fragments of my maternal experiences through poetry writing and artmaking to uncover the significance of narrative and my sense of inter-ruption. My creative processes and artistic products were revealing; they helped me order, process, construct meaning, validate, communicate, and share my story. Negotiating my story was transformative in bringing my sense of personal discord into order. My unanticipated findings included experiencing a strong sense of camaraderie with artist-mothers who faced adversity. Their rich stories have left an indelible influence on me. The reflexive and creative process of narrative brought healing from the past - providing purpose for the future.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

MichaelARP2019

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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