You HAVE to check this out!
I'm not usually so didatic about most things, but this will inspire you, make you proud to be a creative woman (especially if you have a child or children), and of course, it will make you think.
It's a documentary called, "Who Does She Think She Is?" Wonderful. W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! Here's the website: http://www.whodoesshethinksheis.net/ . At;least watch the intro trailer. It's supposed to be on PBS soon, but I can't find it on their site. See if your library has it, and if they don't, ask them to buy it. It'd be great for universities to have it, too.
The reason I got interested in it is because a friend is one of the featured artists. Janis is the ceramics artist. Her work is...well...unusual would be a good word. I didn't fully understand it until I became a mom. Here's the one piece I have of hers.
See what I mean about unusual? It speaks to me about the unspoken, verboten even, duality of motherhood, how I can go from wanting to smother my child with kisses to smothering her with a pillow in seconds. That pillow thought doesn't occur often, and of course I would NEVER act on it (so don't be calling Child Protective Services), but when I'm lacking sleep and she's being a typical irrational child, I'm on the edge. I'm just saying, we all have our moments, and this is the artistic embodiment of that moment. Her art is about her interpretation of motherhood in the context of her life. I wish I had the words to describe her and her art.
Most of her work is considerably larger than my piece. Check out her site: http://www.janismarswunderlich.com/ .
I heard years ago that Demi Moore bought one of her pieces. Not that that legitimizes her art, but it is pretty cool.