Who does she think she is?

The other day I was on my way to buy groceries for dinner, but got caught up talking in a bookshop to a new friend about her art. She is a ceramist and a mother. It was the quickest of conversations, one of those new friend conversations, establishing our potted life histories and the work we do – but we found ourselves dipping into talk about motherhood and feminism and art  – how challenging it can be but how motherhood also informs the work we do (you know the conversation). Needless to say, it was soon time to pick up Lily from preschool and the groceries didn’t get bought but I was so glad to have the conversation. I am so grateful to be living in a community which respects motherhood and art for the important things they are.

I came across this movie trailer online this morning (via Multicrafty, whose neck warmer hat I was admiring) and thought it was definitely worth sharing. Who Does She Think She Is?

I hope one day I will get to see the entire film. I have just emailed the link to our local film festival group so I have my fingers crossed.

And hopefully we can all move towards naming (at least) 5 women artists off the top of our heads.

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9 Responses

  1. Abigail says:

    Thanks for reminding me about this movie — I never saw it in the theaters, so I just put it on hold at my local library.

  2. kylie says:

    I just watched the trailer and I could have just cryed they are so playing my song! When my youngest started school I enrolled in Uni to follow my long cherished creative dream it’s been four years now of full time study, work and raising kids (thankfully I have now just finished). But the mother guilt, and being torn between wanting to create and having to keep a household functioning is intense, but I guess this film proves I’m not alone. I have just emailed my lecturer and requested they get a copy for the Uni Library.

  3. Fran says:

    I’ve never heard of this film. Trailer made me want to watch more. x

  4. Emjie says:

    This film looks fantastic. These are the sort of docos that remind me to get my arse into gear. I don’t always do as much as I want artistically, what with the balance between being mum and artist. But that comes down to me restricting myself with the thought shouldn’t I be playing with my daughter, instead of drawing?

  5. Lianne says:

    Hi Claire,Last year I bought a copy for group showing and held a showing here in Courtenay for 50 women (it was kind of a coming out party for my friend who is finally claiming the fact that she is an artist.) Anyway – I can lend it to you and you can watch it yourself or arrange your own group showing – as long as it’s not a money making venture. Just contact me and I’ll be happy to mail it over to you.

  6. corrie says:

    thanks for the link! looks like an amazing movie!corrie:)

  7. Rainer says:

    5 women artists from the top of my head? Let me do a quick check if I can do that..Georgia O’KeefeVirginia WoolfGeorge SandGar BarksVal Law

  8. claire gale says:

    wow, i have just enjoyed reading about your big adventure. thanks so much for sharing your story i’m sure you’ll inspire many:) now to look at the movie.

  9. Andreia says:

    Barbara KrugerFrida KahloPaula Rego (don’t now how I didn’t remenber her first)Viera da silvaJoana Vasconcelos

    Yes I did it! :))) The last 3 are Portuguese, I’m very proud of their work

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