Raw Emotion 2023

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Building on the exciting energy of the inaugural Raw Emotion exhibit in 2022, Raw Emotion 2023 brings together 48 artists who identify as mothers, and whose creative visions are informed by this aspect of their lives. Drawing from literature and music along with the visual arts, this interdisciplinary exhibit illuminates motherhood refracted through a range of lenses: the artists’ own journeys raising children, their reflections on their relationships with their own mothers, and their interpretations of what it means to engage in the work of mothering. The result is a kaleidoscopic collaboration probing the intellectual, emotional, and political complexities of contemporary motherhood.

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Raw Emotion celebrates the power of community among artist mothers working tomake space in their own lives—and in the wider world—for their art. Each work featured tellsits own powerful story, but together, this exhibit proclaims, we are greater than the sum of ourparts.

This exhibition is part of the Taking. Up. Space. Initiative facilitated by the Artist/Mother and Thrive Networks. Taking Up Space or T.U.S. is a Grassroots Female Focused Community Global Art Exhibition empowering artists to take up more space and exhibit their art in the month of May, 2022. There are over 80 exhibitions taking place this year and Raw Emotion is one of them.