video art: 55 secs
Pregnancy and childbirth are such commonplace events, yet a pregnant belly is unfamiliar. When exposed and studied, focused on, it resembles an alien creature, as if it were an independent living organism, breathing and moving, with visible blood vessels riddling the surface of the taut skin. In my video, I mean to force the focus onto the actual belly housing the growing fetus, the belly which is of course connected to, but identifiably separate from, the adjacent parts of the woman’s body.
I have produced the work as a triptych, both to offer 3 viewpoints at one time, but also to imply, in line with traditional Western iconography associated with triptychs, that bearing and raising children is holy and admirable work.