Sunday, July 20, 2008
On My Bedside Table
This book has truly come to me at the time it was most needed, I think serendipitous is the word. After last weekend's ranting about motherhood and creativity, I heard snatches of The Conversation Hour during the week, with the author of this book, Rachel Power, and one of her interviewees, Clare Bowditch. Art and Motherhood, divided hearts, this was exactly my quandary!
Off to Brunswick Bound, transaction complete, and this book has had me completely absorbed: I can't stop reading it, but I don't want it to end. The following blurb is from Red Dog books' website (a local Fitzroy publisher).
'Do women still confront the attitude that a dedicated artist will avoid having children for the sake of her career? In The Divided Heart, Australia’s most respected artists, writers and actors speak frankly about the wrench between motherhood and their artistic life.
Rachel Power navigates through the divided heart of the artists to reveal the shocking, funny and moving truth of the overwhelming demands of motherhood and the undiminished passion for their work.'
Featuring conversations with Ms Bowditch, Rachel Griffiths, Alice Garner, Nikki Gemmell, Sara Watt and many more amazing artist/mothers, this book may never leave my bedside table!