Motherhood In Art by Ann Scango

Not all art of mothers and children reflect the painful side of motherhood. Motherhood begins way before birth. At the time of fertilization the woman’s life is changed forever. Setting aside the mental and chemical change a woman endures, Senga Nengudi’s R.S.V.P., 1975-present is a creative depiction of the physical change a woman goes through during her pregnancy.

The Physical Depiction With Art

As the mother’s body adjusts to carry a new life, in R.S.V.P., each sand filled pantyhose is adjusting as well. Stretching and pulling in different directions to accommodate the new weight. It is unpredictable and shows the body’s resilience. The difficulty of motherhood is explained here as the hoses are stretched to the limits just like a mother’s body when carrying a baby. Strong women who have experienced motherhood seem to really be on point when it comes to portraying that life in art form. They have shown emotion and surrealism that one can only begin to appreciate if they understood what it actual took to be a mother.

About Ann Scango

Ann Scango is a visual artist and sculptor who uses polyurethane foam as well as a range of industrial resources from the environment in Austin Texas to create texturally complex and 3d art pieces. Ann Scango can also use simple materials such as mulch from her garden and twigs from the local park. Ann Scango pursued her Firestar Austin fellowship from 2010-2015. She then took a year off to be a sty at home mom. In 2016 Ann Scango became an art curator and started the Scango Collection which is still around today. Ann Scango tackles uses her art to challenge her audience to think about the relationship of humans and nature, as well as open interpretation. Linking humanity with the environment is important in both of Ann Scango’s 3D and 2D works.

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