Circle of Life III
Mixed media, cyanotype print on fabric (71 x 59 inches), and Watercolour print of hair on tiles 51 x 35 inches
This installation comprises two components. Suspended on the wall are 12 circular Cyanotype prints of my hair, prenatal ultrasound scan images, and plants on Calico, underneath laying 4 panels of blue watercolor hair print on tiles.
Maternal passion oscillates between life and death, self and other, culture and nature. The circle is a perfect shape for life, the shape of the womb, 12 circular prints are suspended in the voids by delicate red threads, which signify the fragility and ambivalence of maternal love. As feminist theorist Julia Kristeva describes “ pregnancy is narcissistic, harboring of an unknown, shapeless, pre-object”(Kristeva2005). However, in this metamorphous process of pregnancy, there is maternal love, that allows others to be separated, to survive. Tiles on the floor and cotton sheets precariously hung over the wooden pole, they brought domesticity into this installation, the juxtaposition visualizes this feminine psychological dynamics.