In the past women were tied to domestic life, having no access to learning art as a vocation, participating in artistic life and being seen as responsible entirely for the domestic, indoor, behind the walls activities. They were denied to studying, to taking part in exhibitions, in learning by going outside and being inspired by the beauty of life.
They were limited and encircled by the jealousy of other artists who were men, by society’s gossip and continuous denials in all levels.
It was very rare for a woman to become an artist and to continue to work as one while having a child and a family. The very few who did breakthrough, are not at all well-known, studied or really valued even in the art market today.
But how cool is an artist today who is a mother too?
Women today are not tied to domestic life at all, but today it is the other extreme where women artists have the label of crazy starving childless artists being in solitude, with a slight madness, focusing entirely upon art without any family, children or partnership background.
I believe because of all this the women who make it, who do not loose neither themselves (which often happens whether one is an artist or not) nor their artistic calling, who keep to art and to their path even after pregnancy, having at least a child, a relationship while dedicating themselves to art should be appreciated and valued even more.
Having the struggle and breakthrough with courage and nerves is a much bigger achievement than coming from the comfort zone of complying to what collectors, galleries and the art circle want to see: artists – whether women or men – who are eccentric, outcasts, rebels of society in general and incapable of raising a child, being responsible parents and lovers of a home and a relationship at the same time.
Somehow over the recent decades a certain myth of not having it all has grown and has been implanted into not only artists’ but in general the art world’s system.
This belief, creating a harsh divide between having to choose between children versus art influences many women as artists today making their own life choices.
Many of them either give up on their artistic paths or decide to give up as human beings on experiencing their feminine and maternal side.
I can honestly say that women who make the most out of both worlds, manage to create an advantage out of their disadvantage, which makes them so valuable not only in the art world but in life’s every aspect as well, where gender bias as a whole still rules.
With a child one looses a type of “freedom” for a while, however learns to not waste time anymore.
What has having a child added to my own artistic path? Mostly expereincing things as they truly are in their simplicity and purity. I have learned to see beauty in a different aspect, having more to do with the inner eye. When creating I feel I have more my heart in it and I feel my way through it much more intensely.
Above all the patience and being able to immerse myself in the presence has given more depth to everything I do in life.
The right balance can be challenging at times ofgoing for our own inspirations or being there for the child, however this is both rewarding because one learns focus, patience, trust and structure in the daily life which taken into the art life, becomes a huge asset that no other life path can parallel.