Category Archives: Geometric

“First Kiss”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $160

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD (To Pam England, author of Birthing From Within)

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About the piece…
I wanted to do a piece to honor women who have given birth by cesarean.  These women are strong mothers who have given much for their children.

Imagery for this piece was very difficult because there are so many different kinds of cesarean experiences, from the traumatic to the tearfully thankful.  I asked many cesarean mamas, both friends and members of ICAN (Int’l Cesarean Awareness Network) to share their stories with me and looked for common elements.  I decided to focus on the elements of the cesarean itself instead of the reasons and experiences behind it.

I used a three-dimensional approach to have the figure floating above the base representing the strangeness of the anesthesia.  Many moms told me how they felt disconnected to their bodies by the drape, the tugging of the procedure, etc.  This is why I segmented the figure into thirds where the sterile drape and the incision would be.  The belly is exposed to show a shadow of a baby that was just there, the birth had just happened.  It is like an echo of a baby.

I set everything on top of a Chartres Labyrinth to symbolize the journey women take to arrive at this place.  At the center of the labyrinth there is the shadow of the baby, symbolizing the baby’s experience of the journey as well.  Some cesareans are planned, some are not, but every woman has a unique web of experiences and situations that bring her to this birth.  Sometimes we know the reasons, sometimes we never know.

The central imagery for this piece came from a friend of mine.  She told me about her cesarean and how after her son was born her arms were tied down and she didn’t know what to do.  “Kiss him” said the nurse and that was the first interaction she had with her son.  This is why I decided to title this piece “First Kiss.”

***Again, I want to stress that this is not *all* cesareans, just a representation of common themes.  If you’d like to process your own birth, cesarean or not, through art please contact me at amy@birthingbody.org to talk to me about commissioning a piece.

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“Labyrinth”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original:  Not Available

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This is actually a preliminary sketch for a belly cast I’ve been commissioned to do. This will be the central piece on the belly, then a tree will go around it with the branches spreading over the breasts. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!The inside piece is a labyrinth that I thought looked just like a placenta. The finished cast will have the labyrinth raised in acrylic and molding medium so you can trace it with your fingers.

“Complete”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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The center of this mandala is exactly 10 cm, which is your cervix when it is complete.  There is the Celtic “eternal love” knot surrounded by the downward pointing triangle to represent femininity.  The whole 10 cm is surrounded by a blossoming lotus flower because to me it seems like that’s how you open when you give birth.

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“Yoni”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original:

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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The Sanskrit name for the female body part, “yoni” means “source or origin of life” or “divine passage.”  In contrast, “vagina” means “sheath or scabbard for a sword.”  I like yoni much more as it celebrates femininity instead of making it completely masculine.  It shows an entirely different reverence.  The downward triangle also symbolizes femininity.  For more information about “Yoni” go here.

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