“I’ve never heard a male artist discuss whether or not they should have children.”
Portrait of Nikki Maloof and her daughter at her home in Queens by Daniel Dorsa for Artsy.
“No one presumes it’s going to change [a man’s] work—their work is their work and their private life is their private life.”
Portraits of Tara Donovan’s sons in her Long Island City studio by Daniel Dorsa for Artsy.
Many of the world’s highest-grossing women artists are mothers, including Julie Mehretu, Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, and Chen Peiqiu.
Portrait of Diana Al-Hadid and her son in her Brooklyn studio by Daniel Dorsa for Artsy.
What is arguably the most positive change to have taken place over the last 30 years is the increase in role models for female artists working today.
Left: Kara Walker with her newborn daughter. Collection of the artist; Right: Laurie Simmons with her daughters in 1993. Photo courtesy of the artist.
“I’m still very focused on my career and work—it’s just about a different relationship to your work. And that changes whether you have a child or not.”