Writer: Jackie Zimmermann
Illustration: Zoë Frederick
Despite an interest in art from a young age, American folk artist Grandma Moses didn’t begin her artistic career until she was 78 years old. Her charming, colorful images of farm life in rural New England have since become iconic. Born in Greenwich, N.Y., in 1860, Grandma Moses began working as a housekeeper at the age of 12, and continued the work for the next 15 years until she was married at 27 and became a farmer’s wife. Her success at a late-in-life career venture earned her numerous awards, including being named Mademoiselle magazine’s “Young Woman of the Year” at age 88. Her painting “Sugaring Off” was sold for $1.2 million in 2006.
Way We Grow
For much of history, women were expected to give up the rest of their identities as soon as they became mothers. While this attitude is plenty outdated, it continues to inform the way many people conceive of motherhood today.