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Touchette 1419 Miracerros Loop South Sante Fe, New Mexico 87502 (505) 982-0803 "WOMEN OF POWER: BALANCING ART-MAKING & MOTHERHOOD" by Charleen Touchette Statement for NATIONAL CONFERENCE, WOMAN'S CAUCUS FOR ART Plenary Session on Parenthood and the Creative Process Delivered in Houston, Texas, February 11, 1988. In my art, I explore and celebrate the creative power of women. The power of my matriarchal heritage gives me the strength and ability to balance my roles as artist and mother of three young sons. I believe that as women, we are intrinsically tied to the creative force of the Universe. Our ability to birth and nurture life within our bodies is magical. We can connect ourselves to the source of this creative power and as empowered women extend our positive influence into every aspect of human endeavor. Woman are the bearers of life and the protectors of life. I believe that a harmonic, spiritual and physical connection with the Earth Mother is attainable. It is every woman's birthright. Motherhood can be our source of Power rather than a justification for our subjugation. In primal cultures, women's power to give life has traditionally been respected, honored and held in awe. It is said that a nation can not be defeated unless the hearts of its women are broken. We Women carry the future of our nations. My family life revolves around art-making and caring for our children. Because I am compelled to create art, it is an integral part of our lives. My studio is in my kitchen and I paint pots of food cooking and tea brewing while the kids play or paint at their small easel and the baby plays on the floor or rides on my back looking over my shoulder at the bright colors and images magically appearing on the canvas. Our lives are joyous. Sometimes it is chaotic especially near deadlines. But it is always busy and always interesting. My three boys, ages 7, 5 and 6 months, are growing up surrounded by art and art-making . They understand when Mommy's work takes precedence. Though they may grumble at times, the excitement of seeing a painting being created and the pride they share in the work catches their imagination and attention
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