Mary Kelly’s 1973 super 8 film Antepartum shows an extreme close-up of the artist’s pregnant belly. Kelly explains: “At that time, strangely enough, there was no work that focused on the woman, as mother. There’s plenty of painting in the past that would take that as their subject matter. But actually, very few women had approached this. And, it was, if you remember a period of the high modernist, masculine renunciation you could say, of anything that smacked of the feminine, so it seemed you know, an absolutely crucial thing to do at that time.”

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