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“Birth”

junio 4, 2009

Os presento esta serie de Brenda Clews que me ha encandilado. Se llama “Birth” (nacimiento), así la describe ella.

THE BODY IS FOR BLOSSOMING

When I was pregnant, my body changed in fundamental and drastic ways. It was a crisis: the freedom of an old self was dying to make way for the mother I would become.

The “Birth Series” paintings became a visual journey of my changing body, a way to comprehend what I was undergoing in the tumble of hormones as my belly grew. The paintings focus on the woman who conceives and carries a baby into life, who nourishes and awaits the child who will hopefully emerge from the nine-month gestation of her body like a dream become real.

In reaction to an increasing invisibility in the world: the averted gaze, perhaps arising out of a cultural discomfort with the swollen belly, I wished to present the pregnant body as sensual and sacred. Despite my desire to confound the categories of alluring woman and maternal body, I found myself deep in the mystery of creation itself.

At the beginning of the series, the body is portrayed clearly; as the forces of labour, birth and then breastfeeding unfold, the clarity shifts into flowing colours suggesting the transformative experience that carrying and delivering and breastfeeding a baby is.

These paintings are about a rite of passage, about the strangest body on earth, about the mind-blowing transformation of skin, belly, heart and perception of the self, as a woman ripens and delivers her fragile and beautiful fruit, the newborn, a miracle of the world.

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  1. flordejara permalink*
    junio 4, 2009 9:15 pm

    Entendéis la cabecera del blog ahora? Por cortesía de Brenda Clews.

  2. junio 6, 2009 3:31 am

    Very sweet, mucho agradecimiento…

    • flordejara permalink*
      junio 6, 2009 7:57 am

      The more I watch your paintings, the more I like them. Thanks for letting me enjoy them in my blog.

  3. junio 7, 2010 5:31 am

    For some reason, this comment thread appeared at a WordPress blog I have… suddenly, just now. 🙂 I hope you are doing well, and baba is growing beautifully, and surely keeping you busy!

    Recently I uploaded a videopoem with these images and a birth poem, wasn’t sure if the birth poem or a talk about the process of the paintings. Anyway, sharing… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yJYwX4hgdc

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