Opening Reception at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre
October 7th, 2016
by artist, Jewelles Smith
Much like Ursula LeGuin’s She Un Names Them, this work seeks to redefine definitions and assumptions about disAbled mothering through a critical disability and feminist lens. In this series, I am contemplating visual concepts of disabled bodies, mothering responsibilities, disability as a structure, and the tensions that exist between the theories, as well as the exploration of my own identity and myths.
Building on theories from Paulo Freire, Michele Foucault, Adrienne Rich, and Rosemarie Garland-Thompson, I explore how disabled mothers experience surveillance and societal constructions of Motherhood.
My work is inspired by the artists Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Kathe Kolwitz, and Salvador Dali.
Each painting in this series explores an aspect of disabled mothering from a theoretical lens. Some of these themes include, post-partum depression, PTSD, physical disabilities, and socially constructed disabilities. Painting is an integral practice as I navigate my PhD path.
These images are part of my ongoing PhD work at UBC-Okanagan.