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“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!

“Cocoon”

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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

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This is a piece done for a friend of mine who had a cesarean.  The flowers around the outside are orange blossoms (which neroli aromatherapy is from) and echinacea to symbolize healing.  The poem, by Karyn Peabody who also had a cesarean, reads as follows:

A Birth Story for Asher

You were not born in the way that I had intended.

We did not meet in the way that I had hoped.

You cried with confusion and hunger.
I cried with confusion and pain.

We returned to our cocoon together.
When we emerged – transformed.

Beautiful and with delight.

For we had fallen in love in the way I had dreamed.

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“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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“Yemaya”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $160

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

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Yemaya is the Yoruban Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, considered the Mother of All. She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish”.  When her waters broke it caused the great flood that inundated the world and created the seven seas.  She then gave birth to fourteen powerful orishas.  According to legend, Yemaya is the mother of all life.

As all life is thought to have begun in the Sea, all life is held to have begun with Yemaya. She is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all Her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth. It is said when you hold a conch shell to your ear you can hear her voice, which is why I put a cross section of a shell in her belly.

She does not easily lose Her temper, but when angered she can be quite destructive and violent, as the Sea in a storm.

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“Gaia”

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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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Here is the largest piece I’ve done so far (about 28×28 in). I really wanted to get the detail of the animals within her belly so I had to go larger.

Gaia is the Earth Mother Goddess. Along with the baby in her belly there are various animals, frogs, snails, snakes, beetles, snakes, dragonflies, etc.

Spreading from her fingers are the seasons. Vines spreading from spring buds to summer flowers, trees with changing leaves and winter berries.

“Floral IV”

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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: $200

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This piece is a small 5×5 inch mandala I made for the header of my website and really liked!