Where can I find art for adults depicting offbeat families?

November 29 |
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I have always loved art, from the first time I held clay in my hand. As I've grow older, I've also started to appreciate seeing and displaying art that represents who I am. In many ways, I've found art that explores each part of my life except one; my family. I was adopted at a young age and am part of an amazing, multi-ethnic family. For the life of me, I can't seem to find artwork about this topic that isn't clearly geared for children. While some of the child-geared work is beautiful, I'm looking for art that is more mature.

Does anyone have any suggestions of artists who are exploring offbeat or non-traditional familyhood for an adult audience? — Caitlin
  1. Have you ever considered seeking out an artist to commission? There are plenty of people on Etsy, as well as freelancers (like myself) who would be happy to work with you on creating specific art, I'm sure.

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  2. I think you'll find you will have artists falling over themselves to work on a commission piece, like me!

  3. Feel free to contact me. I run an arts organization and previous gallery space that focuses on LGBTQ artists and have a large contact base of artists that address motherhood, parenthood, families, all with in alternative communities. Jenny Rocksusto has some incredible pieces and Sadie Lune. I've also created a large body of work addressing queer family and parenthood. What medium are you interested in? My organization is FeminaPotens.org and my email is feminapotens@gmail.com. Good luck on your search for the perfect art work and let me know if I can be of help.

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  4. Oooh I'm a huge fan of your work Madison and just got a bit giddy seeing two things I love (you and offbeat empire) crossover!

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