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MAMA LIKES

"Bandits"

MAMALIKES ITEM

posted by Sheri

From the artist: "This is a drawing I completed about two weeks after my tomato cheeks was born. I was shocked how my body went from a beautiful vessel, swollen with blood and milk and baby to a leaky, discoloured, stretched version of the pre-childbearing me. I decided to take it upon myself, to present myself rather than to be represented and drew my new body, ever changing, in powerful postures and bold lines."

Jennifer Marchand was floating safely in a transitional period between her BFA (from NSCAD University) and her masters in art therapy when she took an innocuous journey to New Zealand and, well, had a baby. Since then she has been learning how to perfect left-handed drawing, eating, peeing, and typing. When her baby falls asleep, she keeps her brain alive with online studies from Athabasca University in women's studies and psychology. Her experiences teaching art in prisons (New Zealand), women's shelters, half-way homes and nursing homes (Canada) and psychiatric wards (Ghana) have influenced her own creative endeavors. She hopes to bring the patience, compassion, and dedication she is acquiring as a mother to more community art projects as soon as her baby is potty trained. More about Jennifer can be found on her blog Elephant Shoe.

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