Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Dignity, Creativity and Disability

Fiona Place

ISBN: 9781925581751
Published: May 2019

Price: $29.95

Condition: New

Portrait of the Artist's Mother is a memoir and an examination of the politics of disability. Fiona Place describes the pressure from medical institutions to undergo screening during pregnancy and assumptions that a child with Trisomy 21 should not live, even though people with Down syndrome do live rich lives. Fiona's son, Fraser, has become an artist. His prize-winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Sydney and Canberra. How does a mother get from the grieving silence of the birthing room through the horrified comments of other mothers to the applause at gallery openings? This is a story of commitment to the idea that all people, including those who are 'less than perfect', have a right to be welcomed into this increasingly imperfect world.

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  • ISBN: 9781925581751
  • Published: May 2019
  • Publisher: Spinifex Press
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Width (mm): 152
  • Height (mm): 235
  • Depth (mm): Not specified
  • Weight (g): Not specified

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