Saturday, April 12, 2014

For the Busy Mothers Who Read This Blog!

The Mormons are very much pro-family and some might think, anti-feminist.  Once again this year, the assembly of the church decreed that women would not be admitted to the priesthood and, as someone wrote in the "Salt Lake City Tribune," this is no more news than that the sun came up again.

An exhibit at the History Museum in Temple Square titled "Practicing Charity: Everyday Daughters of God" probably depicts the prescribed role for women in the Church of the Latter Day Saints.   Curator Laura Hurtado,  describes it in the brochure: “These paintings depict the divine nature of women while simultaneously celebrating the importance of their everyday lives."  

I particularly enjoyed two paintings by Brian Kershsnik because they made me chuckle.  The first one, "Halo Repair,"  recognized that mothers are not perfected yet and sometimes need an angel to come and repair their halos.

The second one,  "Climbing Mother,"  reminded me of  times I felt everyone was too much with me--and in particular, a memory of standing at a grocery check-out with a little person tugging at my coat or shirt.

It's not great art, but it rings true in a way, and it represents this culture in this time and place.


  1. Lisa, I was hoping you would see this. I was thinking about you when I posted!

  2. Aww, thanks! I could sure use that halo adjustment today. :)