The Art of Motherhood

I like the Impressionists gallery. It’s called La Place Clichy by an artist called Renoir and it’s painted with oil paints on canvas. Dark blue, greys, greens. It’s focused on her and everyone around
is like blurry yeah. When you’re in the street sometimes you feel that you’re on
your own, like you’re oblivious to what’s actually going on around you, like lonely.
That’s how I feel anyway on the street sometimes. Motherhood’s very isolating at times I think. It does blur out a lot of people so when you become a parent no
one really wants to know you so it’s almost like you’re by yourself and
everything around is blurred. It’s just you in this little bubble. Yeah. It is. It’s made from terracotta. The mother’s
feeding and her child from her breast. She’s also sitting on an upturned wicker
basket. She’s got a long skirt covered by an apron. Looks like she’s having a good
bond with her baby like how it should be. And the
concentration is making sure the baby actually gets fed. Her baby looks quite
peaceful as well yeah. If you breastfeed nowadays you get hate and slaughtered all for it but back then you could do it you wouldn’t get hate, you could just sit there and feed your baby peacefully but now you get hate, get told to cover up and
not do it on public. It’s a natural thing a child gets his milk from the mother,
so it’s nice to see there’s a sculpture being portrayed about that. The Christ on the cross is in the centre.
In the corner you can see St Jerome kneeling, the lions on the other side
opposite. So the lion’s got one of his paws just by the cross,
makes me think of protection, so it just reminds me as being the lion as a
mother we want to protect our child because I’d never want my child to get
hurt. Things that have happened to me I don’t want them to happen to her.
I’d rather protect her and show her the right way to go. We attended the Egyptian
gallery which I then come across Bes. He is known as the fertility God. He
became very popular with the everyday Egyptian people because he protected
women and children above all others. Bes was used even before the children were
born so as soon as I kind of found out that I was pregnant my protection
instinct kind of kicked in straight away so that’s why the parents got him
carved into headboards and the cots of the babies and even every day objects
like their vanity mirrors and things like that it’s different it was nice to
compare the ways of how I parented and how they parented as well. It’s a clay
rattle of a woman giving birth. This statue is really small, it’s clearly made
of, like, some clay of some sort. Small and fat. This limestone prayer statue of a father
a mother sat together, and just below the mother’s knees there’s three children,
but they’re underneath them and the mother and father up above them
protecting them from everything that’s around, like all one big family of the unit.
it’s a clear coffin jug, and a skeleton of a child was found inside. As a kid when I
went to see tombs I found it very fascinating to see like ancestors and
yeah and like how people used to be buried and more further into Earth than
we actually thought about. This items called the villain bag a loop string
bag from Papua New Guinea. The bag is handmade in the process of looping feels
quite a rough texture. It’s quite light, very light actually. Hold it on your head.
Had a baby in it as well you know. It doesn’t look like it’d hold your baby if
it was like a massive chubby baby. I can’t imagine carrying my baby around in this
bag. I’ve learnt a lot by coming here there’s things that I didn’t even know
about and it’s quite fascinating learning new stuff. It’s unusual objects
and like the artwork from back then it’s completely different to what it is now,
what things are made out of. When my little boy is older I’ll take him.
I’ve enjoyed coming to the museum, I’ve learnt new things. Yeah, I’d come back. It’s quite
fascinating and it just goes to show that you have to appreciate what you’ve got in life and like all the older things, the way things were, the things people used and the way they lived, we’re just quite so good here, in this
day and age. I saw some parts of the museum that I found very interesting
and delicate and fascinating

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