RESEARCH: "(In) Fertile Embodiment" (2022-26) & "Re.conceive" (2021-22)
AHRC funded Practice based PhD at Birmingham City University School of Art and Cultural Studies and De Montfort University Centre for Reproduction Research (2022-26):
"(In) Fertile Embodiment: revealing the invisibility of infertility between the medical and maternal through feminist art practice"
My research is concerned with expanding understandings of (In)fertility beyond the medical. Linking language and corporeality, it explores embodied experiences that occur through contemporary, (“patient”-led) im/material online and digital encounters of infertility, to reveal emotional invisible stories and silent conversations. It draws on feminist notions of affectivity in "becoming" maternal within these self-care labours, queering time (its diseased chronicity), and fertile identities, though new alternative subjectivities. This mobilises the sensory through making with performative photography, data/text visualisation, and participatory bio-art methods, to investigate a narrative of creative care within Art & Health, building on historical feminist practice around lived experience.
How is infertility visualised and verbalised within contemporary online spaces, articulating new embodied infertile subjectivities?
How can art practice re-present narratives of creative care around the dis-eased female body through reimagining (in)fertile experience?
Arts Council funded Research Project (2021-22):
This project is research led, investigating the invisibility of Infertility within the new wave of maternal visual arts. Its aims are to explore and visually theorise the transformational process of becoming a (M)Other, challenging traditional reproduction to reconceive a sub-maternal. Its themes are focused on Embodiment - looking at embryonic/egg imaging, re-appropriating (male) science to question the commodification & mechanisation of the female body; and Identity – looking at the infertile female and its challenge to the feminine economy and normative motherhood within capitalist neo-liberal society.
The project ran for 12 months from March 2021 to March 2022 (although many collaborations continue).
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
ARTIST COLLABORATION: STIGMATISED BODIES WITH JESS TIMMIS
23/02/2022Stigmatised Bodies ...more
ARTIST COLLABORATION: LINES OF ISOLATION WITH MARILYN KYLE
21/02/2022Lines of Isolation ...more
ARTIST COLLABORATION: CONVERSATIONS IN SILENCE WITH NIKKI DAVIDSON-BOWMAN
04/02/2022Conversations in Silence ...more
ARTIST MEETING: WITH TRACY M. TAYLOR..
14/01/2022Exchanging ideas with Tracy Taylor ...more
BOOK CONTRIBUTION: AN ARTIST AND A MOTHER
14/11/2021FORTHCOMING: "Ma – reframing the representation of the maternal subject in the (negative) space of (m)otherhood" in An Artist and A Mother book by Demeter Press. ...more
LECTURE: DELIVERED AT COVENTRY BIENNIAL...
10/11/2021Delivering Mothers Who Make: 'Infertility in the Arts' Artist Lecture ...more
EXHIBITION: I WANT YOUR DRAWING. THREE OF OBSESSIONS
18/09/2021Human Algorithm series" shown at I Want Your Drawing Exhibition in Madrid, Spain. ...more
EXHIBITION: FEATURED ARTIST AT THE PETRI DISH PROJECT, TEBBS GALLERY...
27/08/2021Very pleased to be asked to show my work at The Petri Dish Project by @tebbscontemporaryartgallery
Great range of art works looking at the connections between Art & Science and more. ...more
ARTIST MEETING: WITH HEATHER MICHEL RIDDLE...
29/07/2021Exchanging ideas with Heather Michel Riddle ...more
ARTIST MEETING: WITH CHRISTIANA UPDEGRAFF..
29/07/2021Exchanging ideas with Christiana Updegraff ...more
RESEARCH VISIT: BIRTH RITES SUMMER SCHOOL..
19/07/2021An intensive learning week at the Birth Rites Collection Summer School ...more
AWARD SHORTLIST: JERWOOD PHOTOWORKS AWARD...
15/07/2021Through my work on this project with public participants, I was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Photoworks award with my proposal of a "Domestic Archive on Infertility" ...more
MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTION: MATERNAL ART
07/06/2021"Reconceive Invisibilities" in Maternal Art
Maternal Art is a UK based independent Gallery & publishing house, bringing together work by artists who produce inspirational work about the maternal. My article " Reconceive Invisibilities" was published in June 2021. ...more
05/06/2021"Sub-maternal Exhaustion during a Pandemic" shown in the fabulous Maternochronics exhibition ...more
PRESS: FERTILITY ARTICLE BY HETTIE JUDAH...
19/05/2021Critic and journalist, Hettie Judah, writes about my My Infertile Platitudes series, alongside other contemporary art on (in)fertility, in Elephant Magazine ...more
PROJECT CONTRIBUTION: REMAKING THE HUMAN BODY RESEARCH PROJECT...
10/05/2021I shared some of my work-in-progress with the 'Remaking the Human Body' team shared details about their research process and findings. An opportunity to investigate some of the synergies between our projects, which in different ways explore how reproduction, fertility and (non-)reproductive bodies are visualised or, sometimes, become invisible. ...more
PROJECT CONTRIBUTION: CONCEIVING FOR XR...
05/05/2021I worked with XR Psychologists with some of my images and writings on Infertility to transpose them into pieces for a new era that is being conceived and nurtured in the run up to COP26. ...more
BOOK CONTRIBUTION: ART OF INFERTILITY...
26/04/2021Working with Art of Infertility on their forthcoming book on Patient Narrative ...more
ONLINE WORKSHOPS: THE VESSEL
16/04/2021"The Vessel" led by Jess Timmis ...more
PUBLIC PARTICIPANTS: Call Out...
15/03/2021As part of my re.conceive project I worked with a large number of public participants on a series of online tasks. The responses were overwhelming and incredibly moving. ...more