WOMAN GIVING BIRTH TO HERSELF, 2003

In this sculpture, a woman is seen doubling over in pain as something departs or arrives from her body. Her head is visible between her legs. This piece portrays three time zones and three organs undergoing highly improbable procedures. It also raises three crucial questions: Who is the woman? Who will she be, after abandoning who she was? How can one perform the act of turning oneself inside out?

 

This sculpture embodies for me a plethora of unanswered questions: Is this woman exploring a second chance to be alive? Is she the Holy Mother? Is she carrying out a variation of the Christian baptism ceremony? A rebirth? Is this combination of solid bones and expandable holes the depiction of life or death? Is the woman gasping for air or in an attempt to restore lost dignity?

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