This series of images is a simple solitude in pregnancy, a waiting for growth. On an introspective afternoon, Mama is in her room - a silent incubation space where the baby was made, grows and will live in. I was inspired by still, cosmic-looking cacti I saw in the hills of southern Spain. The spikes traverse the softness of the revered pregnant body, the flowers are the beautiful and tiresome blooming-forth of all life and its sweet sorrows- which, indeed, is the existence the child will be born into. Physically and mentally, the landscape of the pregnant body becomes the wild land.
Thank you to Vivienne Tseng and Jeff Rush.
The cactus images were modified from Creative Commons images. Credits given where possible:
1- Blooming cactus gone wild by janeyesee
2- Opuntia cactus flower by Leonora Enking
3- Cacti on Isla de Pescados by Leonora Enking
4- untitled by Robb Hannawacker
5- prickly pear cactus fruit by ken bosma
6- Cholla cactus and indigo bush in Joshua Tree National Park April 1998 by Anne Roberts
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