The 'Maternal' Feminist: Exploring The Primal in Women's Art

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This paper explores women's art that interrogates the logic intrinsic to a powerful concept of maternal caring evident in Marian iconography. While conventional portrayals of women in the history of art connote maternity as divine and mystical, women's art with a feminist sensibility reconfigures the mother figure as monstrous and forbidding. Through the use of visual semiotics and Kristevan psychoanalytic theories, I analyse how feminist art reconciles sacred and sadistic states for a more aggressive mother to emerge.

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Turton-Turner, P., (2012) “The 'Maternal' Feminist: Exploring The Primal in Women's Art”, Studies in the Maternal 4(1), p.1-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.53

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Pamela Turton-Turner

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