In this ongoing series i attempt to blur the lines between nature and the modern world, drawing connection between the Earth, it’s elements, and the feminine body’s natural cycles of birth, aging, and processes. By using organic materials to cover the body, such as mud, milk, and water (among others), I seek to create a closer relationship with the elements that are so closely related to birth and beginnings but that are often overlooked in today’s hyper-sterilized world of birthing and life.
My experience with the births of my own two children serve as inspiration for this series, as it was a transformative process that i have yet been able to describe in words. The realization that my body was creating a human being while I went on about my day concerned with the mundane things of daily life, was an epiphany that our minds are not the ones in control of our bodies. Instead of being the Master Control Center, the brain was merely just another organ functioning as it was intended. The development of the fetus, the birth, and the post partum phase all seemlessly worked together just as it had for millenia. It is the one true tie we all have together, and should be celebrated as such.
see the mud series here: http://www.kissingtree.org/?s=fine+art+maternity