Artist's statement

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I am of the generation when my daughter, now in her late twenties and soon to marry, talks with me about what it might be like for her to become a mother for the first time. She knows that I think it is a life changing, profound and contradictory experience – an identity upheaval – for which no words nor training can prepare us. Yet becoming a mother is also commonplace (including high levels of post-natal depression) and women are expected just to get on with it, preferably with others’ support, especially that of the new mothers’ mothers, whose own maternal experience runs like a thread through the generations, whether recognised or not.

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Hollway, W., (2013) “Artist's statement”, Studies in the Maternal 5(1), p.1-5. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.132

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Wendy Hollway

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