CATHARTIC BIRTH
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Burlap, Amber Shellac, Paper, Masking Tape
117” x 34” x 28”
March 2011

This embellished figure is my response to being pregnant and the cathartic birthing process. I was in labor for about 30 hours and felt like I was literally being stretched beyond human means, mentally and physically. I can’t even describe the pain. The whole birthing process was like being in this weird bubble where time stands completely still. It felt like forever but also incredibly quick. Ever since I’ve experienced pregnancy, labor and delivery, I’ve noticed how much people don’t know or care to know about the whole process. There are woman who don’t know anything about it until it is happening to them. I know I’m not alone in my experiences, but at the same time I feel especially proud to know so much about what our bodies are naturally able to do. My body created another human being through such a painful and violent act. In pregnancy, a woman’s body produces an extra liter of blood to help circulate nourishment to the fetus… and to increase the odds of the woman surviving the birth itself. Such urgency, blood, tearing, stitches, hormones rising, hormones dropping. No one tells you about these important details and how it all comes together to create this smiling baby. Giving birth was the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished in my life to date, and this sculpture is of a pregnant figure reaching further and further to give the gift of life. The cupped hands can be seen as an offering or receiving which mirrors that of a religious act. Offering of one’s physical body for the creation of another.