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Nita's Mother's Day Project for 2005 (for men too)

Dear Friends, Sally (my daughter) sent me an email about Mother's day.  I'm copying the original Mother's Day proclamation showing that the day was created not as commercialism, not in order to treat mothers for being such nice guys, but it was originally a day organised by women to stand up against war and destruction, against seeing their children slaughtered by warmongers. So I've decided to spend it next year doing something meaningful towards that end. Any ideas welcome...we have a year to discuss it. Meanwhile, here's the extract and the website of the full article below. Hope you all had a happy mother's day. It would truly be a mother's day to know that war will never be again!...O...and if you're not a mother, you're either a daughter or a in one direction or another you're connected to you're not excluded from the project. At the end of the day, motherhood is about care, nurture and growth, which you, my friends, all do in different ways. cheers nita PS: long live idealism!

Here is the original, pre-Hallmark, Mother's Day Proclamation, penned in Boston by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
Blood does not wipe out dishonor
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

How it works:



Hello My Wonderful Webist Friends!!

Our Mother’s Day Project begins!!

Whether we are male, female, mother, daughter, son, father or a combination of some or all we each have a concept of what motherhood is all about.  We also have a concept of where mothers might stand in regards to war.

We can take the idea of motherhood and what a mother means from many angles: the carer; the nurturer; the disciplinarian; the manager; the person who refuses to send her/his children or other peoples’ children to war; the person who dedicates his/her children to die for a cause; the person who sells their child for food; the person who refuses to do it; the person who works extra hours to give their child a better education; the person who takes their child out from school early to go out to work; the incompetent housefrau; the pushy ambitious mother; the mother who forgets her baby on the tennis court (yes, it’s happened); the person who makes you eat the food you hate most; the person who makes your favourite dish…the list goes on….  And then there are all the grey areas in between.

It’s time that an international group of artists such as us re-examines and portrays our notions of motherhood.



At present I am proposing a video installation by Webists on Motherhood to some key galleries here in Victoria, Australia.  I am hoping that at least one of them will accept my proposal.   I believe our position is strong and the project will be of interest.


So, to get it moving, I need your images reflecting your views of Motherhood.  You don’t have to stick to one view only; depict any views that are meaningful to you. You can be humorous, serious, both.


To participate, here’s what you have to do:-

Please put two folders with the following on a CD and mail it to me at the address below no later than December 24, 2004.

1.      In a folder labeled IMAGES:    15 images, no less than 800x600 pixels at 300 ppi in .jpg format, reflecting your view/views of motherhood. 

a.       (Optional)  If you wish to add words to complement your series of images, go ahead, with the constraint that they should not be more than 36 words in total for the full fifteen.  I shall have the words crawl across the images slowly.  If you would like words to crawl across your images, please put them in a Word document.

2.       In a folder labeled with your full name as you would have it displayed on the video: 

a.       A photo of yourself, no less than 800x600 at 300 ppi in .jpg format.

b.      On a Word document:-

                                                                   i.      Your full name, email and full mailing address.

                                                                 ii.      An answer in no more than six lines to one of the following questions.  You can be funny, serious, both.    

1.      Why did I take the trouble to design a series of images for Mother’s Day 2005?  (and not bec. Nita asked me for them!!!)

2.      Should we celebrate  Mother’s Day at all? Give reasons.

3.      What does your art series say about Motherhood?

4.      What is your view of motherhood and has your view changed over the years?  If so…how?  If not, why not?

5.      Who is your favourite mother figure in history that you feel strongly about, one way or the other, and why?

6.      What work of art, music or literature  reflects a view of motherhood that has made an impression on you and how is this reflected in your work?

7.      How distant do you think the portrayal of mothers in art is from the real mothers you have known? How has this affected your work?

8.      Any other question you’d like to answer about mothers/ mother's day  that I  haven’t thought of….ask it and then answer it.



Nita T. Jawary

25 Crimea St

North Caulfield

VIC. 3161



Thanks! And looking forward to seeing all your great images!!

Xx nita






Nita got me involved! Making images with my mother and daughter in mind freed me somehow! Thanks, Nita.
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Guest artist: Hans-Gerog Turstig, Santa Fe/USA

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