Instagram Account of the Week: stellamariabaer

Breeze through the boobs, moons and feminine aesthetic in the American artist’s digital story book.

A photographer, painter and new mom, American Stella Maria Baer has cultivated an Instagram profile that’s at once feminine, erotic, whimsical and earthy. A soothing, beige-toned aesthetic dominates her fascination with all things spherical—which most of the time include delicate watercolours of boobs and butts which come in all shapes and sizes.

Since last month was Breast Cancer Awareness month, Baer recently turned her breast-themed artwork production up a notch.

As she explains in her posts, Stella’s inspiration came from her newborn baby and her inability to nurse him ‘properly’, or nurse him according to social expectations.. After seeking professional help, the problem was luckily resolved—but her pieces of art capturing the complexity of coming to terms with your changing body as a new mother and the transforming role of said body came to life.

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I read a lot about breastfeeding before Wyeth was born but nothing could have prepared me for the reality of nursing a newborn. My milk supply was super low and even though four different lactation consultants told me Wyeth didn't have a tongue tie, breastfeeding was painful and he wasn't gaining weight, and I kept wondering. I literally pumped and nursed all day long for about a month trying to build up my supply. Finally I found a tongue tie specialist who confirmed Wyeth had a tie and recommended I rent the most powerful breast pump I could. Once the tie was cut and I started pumping with a hospital grade pump my milk came in like crazy – I could literally squirt Seth from across the room. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest but most beautiful things I've ever done. I never would have made these paintings a year or two ago. But after the past year I have such awe for all our breasts do and are, for how they change over time, for the story they tell of the power and beauty of a woman's body. Milk Moons 2017 14 x 20" watercolor on cotton #breastfeeding #breastfeedingart #watercolor #contemporaryart #modernart #dscolor #dscollections #dsart #dspink #aquarelle #skintones #artistmama #madetocreate #stellamariabaer #motherhood #igmotherhood #millennialpink #millennialmom

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”I never would have made these paintings a year or two ago. But after the past year I have such awe for all our breasts do and are, for how they change over time, for the story they tell of the power and beauty of a woman’s body,” Baer writes.

Before this, one of her main passions was painting a different kind of round object: the moon. Her Insta profile also contains dozens of different variations of this astronomical orb, all coated in the beautiful natural tones seen throughout her artwork.

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