Rachel Power's 2008 publication, The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood, is essential reading for any woman attempting to unite a artist lifestyle with motherhood, be she a writer, painter, musician or another type of artist
This publication takes interviews with a choice of Australian musicians, from singer/song author Clare Bowditch to celebrity Rachel Griffiths to writer Nikki Gemmel, and incorporates them in a narrative of what it's to become an artist and a mommy in Western-Anglo culture (especially Australia, however I believe that the decisions will largely hold true in a larger context), at the present age.
Actually, the split heart likely applies to all moms, be they artists, stay-at-home-mums or working-for-pay moms.
An vital difference for the artist is that their job is most frequently seen more as perform by culture, and at times even by their own loved ones and really themselves. However, for any girl who's also a mom, finding the equilibrium between self-fulfilment and maternal needs is a challenging task. And, for many girls that are also moms, another side of the coin is they get taken less seriously in their preferred area, only due to their other role as mom.
Actually, in 2010 we're still reading reports that'head hunting businesses say girls must forgo pregnancy leave should they want their careers to flourish.' (Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 19 September 2010)
Among those beautiful minutes of Power's novel is in her debut where she writes that'Beyond giving birth, but the stuff of mommy's lifestyles becomes worse than taboo - it gets only mundane. Mothering is this a prosaic expression within our civilization that it acts as a disguise for the real intensity of their adventure, blocking any insight to how this singular knowledge can be interpreted into great art' - that ties in so well with the book's epigraph from Alice Ostriker:'When the girl artist was trained to feel that the actions of motherhood are insignificant, tangential to principal issues of existence, insignificant to the fantastic themes of literature, she ought to untrain herself'
Actually, as lots of the interviews attest, getting a mom cannot just offer boundless inspiration for artwork, but might nourish and form the fire a woman starts with - if we can learn how to appreciate it among the most essential and profound functions in our society.