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Sources of her art were inseparable from her history and from the historical times in which she lived Hence the politics of biographyOnes art is after all oneself This statement by Frida Kahlo is an accurate reflection of the artistic life led by American artist Miriam Schapiro Her work was based around her life and the inspiration needed to source her production was extracted directly from the era in which she existed and the effect it had upon her as a person and an artist Living with issues based upon the theme of Women in Society Schapiro had a desire as an artist and a role as a homemaker Combining the two became the base of Schapiros work and her struggle for recognition was her motivation Schapiros work reflects the personal journey within the constricted society of a specific era and her accomplishment of overcoming the many confines she faced Miriam Schapiro during her life was exposed to issues in the 1950s onwards which influenced her as an artist Her work was based on these issues and in examining the contradictions of her life through art Schapiro has recognized the canvas as a site for critical exploration and has claimed through it the authority to give shape to her being Gouma-Peterson199914 Her endeavor to find her place as an artist during a period where female artists were still being viewed as hobbyists proved only to be inspiration for her work Her initial sense of the world as being a place where only a man could work Gouma-Peterson199922 and her desperation to be recognised as more than just a homemaker were the motivations behind her struggle as an artist Miriam Schapiro was playing a significant role in the attempt to destabilize the prejudice and raise the issues of feminism and art and in 1971 she founded with Judy Chicago the Feminist Art Program Gouma-Peterson199915 The Program was the inspiration Shapiro needed and her art became
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