Tag Archives: Birth Art

Cocoon Birth

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Purchase:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

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

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Here is a piece I did for Cocoon Birth, a local doula organization providing on-call doula support to Mountain Midwifery Birth Center.

Nautilus

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $1200 

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

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When I was looking at a shell one day I counted all the tiny segments and realized there were exactly forty compartments.  That made me think of how babies grow in utero, spin, change positions, and are born.

Mother Sun/Mother Moon

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The idea for these pieces originally came from a photo I saw of my amazing home birth midwife Jessica Nipp.  It was of her and her first baby, bathed in sunlight and it was such a perfect, beautiful picture of how tender and intimate motherhood can be.  So once I started with that I moved on to the lunar side and how women have such ties to the lunar cycle.  Midwives often notice a lot of babies are born on the full moon, so I made her belly into the full moon.

Purchase Mother Sun:

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: SOLD

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Purchase Mother Moon:

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: $600

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Buy Together:

Both 6×6 “Mini Prints”:  $38

Both 8×8 digital:  $94

Both 12×12 Giclee prints:  $280

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

Delphinius Birth

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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 (12×12 inches):  N/A

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

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This piece was commissioned to be a gift for a wonderful OB here who offers mamas the opportunity to birth their breech babies vaginally.  The dolphins were included because dolphins give birth breech, then the “midwife” dolphins take the new babe up to the surface for its first breath.

A big thank you to Dr. Hall!

“Into These Hands”

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Purchase Into These Hands:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

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This piece was made for Jill R. Johnson, a home birth midwife.  Her midwifery practice Into These Hands inspired both the piece and the title.  Thank you to Jill and all the wonderful midwives benefiting women across the world!

Triumph – VBAC piece

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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 (12×12 inches):  N/A

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

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This piece is a collaboration with another mama to create an image she can reflect on when planning her VBAC.

I want to first put a disclaimer here that I am not trying to say that every woman who has had a cesarean should VBAC or that if you tried to VBAC and it didn’t happen that this was a failure in any way. Also this piece is very earthy in a way that the cesarean piece was not and this is not to say that women who have cesareans aren’t earthy (cesareans are just by definition sterile). Also, some women have had traumatic VBACs. This is just a picture of what an “ideal” VBAC would be for my friend.

Some people might find it odd that she is carrying a flaming sword. This was an image that I kept coming back to and stems from the Buddha Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom (I’ve included a pic in this album). He carries a flaming sword of truth. My friend was at first wary of this imagery but then said she really liked it because before someone else was holding the scalpel, but now she is holding that power. Also when thinking of the preparation that goes into a VBAC i know that many women are very conscientious to gather all the research and studies they can.

She is confident, grounded, and safe in her grove of redwood trees.  Redwoods are known for being strong and resistant to disease.  I chose these trees because women who VBAC often take great care as to where they choose to give birth, that that place supports practices that encourage VBAC.

Her birth attendant is off to one side, always there encouraging but not taking her power away from her. Her partner is behind her supporting her as well and everyone is trying to tune into her needs as best they can.

At the center of her belly is a koru. A koru is a Maori term for a fern unfurling. It starts at her heart and fills her belly. This symbolizes the inward journey women often go through to VBAC.

Also both the koru and the flower represent an opening and unfurling physically. Many women who have cesareans never made it to 10 cm and that is a fear for them when preparing to VBAC. So this essence of “opening” is an important element.

Her scar is a rainbow that radiates strong energy. For many women they are told the main reason they shouldn’t VBAC is because of uterine rupture, even though the chance is so so small. This is to represent the physical healing of the scar.

Koru

Manjushri

Abigail Wilson

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"Immaculate Birth" woodcut

This piece was inspired when a friend of mine became pregnant, and my thoughts turned to the responsibility and power inherent in mothers.  Birthing and raising a child is a beautiful, intricate experience connected to and affecting the larger world.  It is an opportunity to inspire a relationship between our children and the greater living web that we belong to.

"In Between Dreams" woodcut

A reduction woodcut essentially recycles a single piece of wood, carving for the first layer, printing, then carving on the same block for the next color, printing…  The process takes more careful planning both with the image and the printing process, and reduces the number of prints that can be made.  In this piece I explore the transitory and transformative space we enter in moments of growth.  Sometimes viewers speak of death, and sometimes of birth; these two experiences are just different directions through the same door and so not mutually exclusive.   The birds, soft colors, and gentle lines evoke a sense of peace and possibility, keeping away from the fear often experienced in such moments.  In this way, even the viewer who sees death will also see it as a type of birth, a natural and reverent time.

My first large-format woodcut, this piece exploded with the power of women, and the struggle for independence that has defined our history.  Though not necessarily birth art, the woman shows the inner strength that allows a woman to give birth.  This same strength empowers her to take hold of her own destiny, and bring her into a greater connection with the natural cycles and energies of the world around her.

All pieces are woodcuts, a process in which I gradually carve away the negative space in the image. When finished, the wood resembles a large stamp upon which I roll a thin layer of ink.  Pressure is used to transfer the ink to paper (sometimes a press, often my own hands and baren).  The process leaves an embossed, black and white image.

About Abigail

I graduated from UNC-CH’s Studio Art program in 2009, and am planning on receiving an MFA in Printmaking as a first step in becoming a college professor.  Much of my time is spent exploring the great outdoors, which is the focus and source of my inspiration.

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