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Sanja Marušić’s Stunning Portraits Of Pregnancy & Motherhood

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photographed by Sanja Marušić 

Sometimes a dose of optimism hits your inbox at just the right time. Which was precisely what happened when MOTHER reader and Dutch-Croatian artist Sanja Marušić reached out to show us her latest body of work: “With You,” a series of portraits featuring herself and her newborn son, Sasha.

Leading up to this series of stunning, colorful, and surrealist-spiked portraits of her new family of three, Sanja had also explored her pregnancy through art in two previous pieces of work: “Before You” (Part 1) and “Before You” (Part 2), both of which we highly recommend you check out. Then, once her son arrived on June 18, 2020, the artist saw her creativity explode in a new direction (a not-so-uncommon phenomenon), and the result is these dozen portraits in our slideshow below that are sure to brighten your week.

To keep exploring the topic of parenthood and art—including the neurological link between motherhood and creativity—be sure to check out how designer Stiliyana Minkovska was inspired to re-imagine a labor and delivery room after giving birth to her daughter, and peep this documentary on artists who are mothers across the U.S.

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