Through the eyes of women artists, motherhood is increasingly a subject of contemporary art. For the Argentine-born artist Ana Alvarez-Errecalde, motherhood was the very impetus for becoming a contemporary artist. Alvarez-Errecalde’s searing photographs depict experiences like home birth, breastfeeding, care for a special needs child, and gestational loss. Drawing on the traditional trope of classic portraiture, and often taken outdoors or against a white backdrop, her staged images balance the wild and unknown—the blood and pain of bodily cycles—with the sensitivity and tenderness of human connection. Straightforward, tender, and often messy, her work is a response to popular media depictions of motherhood as immaculate or sexy.
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