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Maternity as concept and as experience
|Sampler (Daily Life)
Sixty embroidered panels with sewn -on objects depicting every possible aspect of conception - from beaded breast pads to baby spoons
|Conceptions was created in dialogue with seventeen
women during the years 1995-1999.
Each of these women wrote a personal journal which was exhibited on individual tables.
Every section of this project was inspired by and created from the knowledge and experiences that these women shared with me. I thank each of these women deeply.
|mothering / birth art / conceiving / motherhood / pregnancy art childbearing birthing art/ birth stories midwifery art
|Conceptions at the RAG 1999. This image shows part of Chora in the foreground, Sampler on the close left wall,
Primer on the back left wall and 200 Days in the distance.
|Conceptions at La Centrale/Galerie Powerhouse 2001.
This image shows Veil on the wall and some of Chora in the foreground.
|Conceptions contains six sections
|Conceptions was exhibited at
Neutral Ground in Regina, Saskatchewan,
The Richmond Art Gallery in Richmond, BC and
La Centrale / Galerie Powerhouse in Montreal, Quebec
The essay "Conceptions in the making"
was published in Pink Link ou La Proposition Rose
by La Centrale /Galerie Powerhouse
|I wish to thank the Canada Council for their assistance funding this project.
Twelve paintings created in an iconic style,
with textbook imagery
Seventeen women's personal journals,
the centrepiece of the show.
What women consume, apply, ingest, use or think about when they are pregnant or nursing.
A handmade quilt appliqued with text ,
and with plastic pacifiers attached.
Real and created obstetrical and
nursing instruments hung beneath
a pink wedding veil.