Wolf Mothers
About Wolf Mothers
In this series of colored pencil drawings, I imagine myself as famous historical childless women. I have been working through a reading of Mary Had a Little Lamb in which the lamb represents unwanted responsibility, or unplanned pregnancy. Though each of these remarkable women did not leave a child behind to carry her legacy, the legacies remain. Each portrait is adorned, in some way, with a piece of the lamb abandoned. Childless women are stigmatized as callous and selfish. I believe that the Mary that leaves the lamb outside to attend school is one that would be chastised for neglecting the lamb, and possibly complicit in its death. For this reason, I call these women the Wolf Mothers. Each composition is confrontational, staring at the viewer, iconic.
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