Zoe Freney is an artist, writer, educator and mother. These roles jostle for attention and time, but mothering is a constant occupation, and it is this never-letting-up that is borne out in Freney’s works. For Freney, painting remains a vital means of expression. The painting Thinking of Flying (2018) describes the frustration of having to forego the creative, meaning-making practices of painting as one struggles instead with the daily tasks of child rearing and the demands of the household. But within mothering there is still room for dreaming and reflection. There are opportunities to nurture children’s imaginations, to initiate them into creative lives. While Freney’s work examines the banality and joys of mothering, it is also about transcendence. We are all thinking of flying.
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