People appreciation

Art critic for the L.A. Times Christopher Knight describes Carlee Fernandez’s self-portrait, Mother and Child, as a twist on the familiar Christian scene and a testimony on birth and motherhood.  Fernandez assumes a martyr’s suffering guise, and her gaze is upward.  Fists are tightly closed, and she “exhibits both casual determination and defiant strength” in Knight’s words.  Fernandez’ first solo show (through October 9th) with ACMA, 6150 Wilshire, is her fifth in Los Angeles.  Many of her recent works are sculptures, and subjects are never far from death.  Christopher Knight writes that she has stepped up her game, and this is her strongest yet.   What is your reaction to the martyrdom of motherhood?  Do you feel this way sometimes?

Fernandez Hues from Brown to Pink


16 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Kathleen, I looked up the dictionary definition of martyrdom– a person who willingly endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause, often social injustice. But is parenthood a social injustice? I don’t think so. Rob and I recently adopted two boys, Max and Jake, and they bring us great joy.

  2. Mary Alice, we are not parents yet. To tell you the truth, I’m not quite ready to give up my modeling career. But in five years, we’re going to go for it. You and Rob are our role models.

  3. Parents need adequate sleep and also need to boost their happy hormones. In order to do that, eight hours of snooze time is extremely important. Having adequate sleep helps us avoid accidents that involve reaction time and accuracy.

  4. When we had our first baby, we found that we were giving up personal hygene because our baby was crying. Then we learned to make the baby comfortable, and if he cried a little, we took showers and did what we had to do to feel normal.

  5. Yes, Rob is amazing! My husband supports me when I put myself first. Someone in our neighborhood (that many who post here know!) falls into the parent martyr category. Typical scenerio: She believes her child’s demands, no matter how unreasonable, come first. To her, parenting is a sacred duty and it would be wrong to continue an enjoyable conversation with a friend while her child is unhappy.

  6. Reba, I’ve observed snowballing. Have you noticed that as she gives her child power over her own needs (which are reasonable) her child wants more, takes more, and poor mom has plenty of suffering to complain about.

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