The center of this installation is a long train of silk, which I laid upon to give birth to my child. The tortoise shells represent the fertile bellies of pregnant women or a row of shields held by soldiers going to war. Within this ritual space there are opposing meanings: male versus female, peace versus war, nurturing versus destroying. As human beings we create, then we seek to protect our creation. Some even seek to destroy it.
tortoise shells: cotton paper pulp
silk stained from birth: blood, placenta, amniotic fluids