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?