Portrait of the Artist s Mother is a memoir and an examination of the politics of disability The author 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 Years later, 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. Free Read Kindle ePUB Portrait of the Artist's Mother: Dignity, Creativity and Disability author Fiona Place – heartforum.co.uk
Fiona Place has always been interested in women, language and identity Her short stories, poetry and essays appear in various literary journals and anthologies Her first novel Cardboard A Woman Left for Dead won the National Book Council award for New Writers in 1990 She has also worked as a financial commentator for various fund managers and major newspapers Her focus on making investment and economic concepts accessible to the general reader Today she combines motherhood with her work as a writer and an advocate for children with intellectual disabilities Her essays on motherhood and genetics appear in peer reviewed journals and other publications.
- 312 pages
- Portrait of the Artist's Mother: Dignity, Creativity and Disability
- Fiona Place
- 15 May 2019 Fiona Place