"Mama is a multimedia sculpture exhibit I created in 2012/2013 which served as my Master’s Thesis project for my MA in Health and Healing. I spent approximately 300 hours over the course of 1.5 years to construct the 10 pieces, made out of plastic, maternity mannequins, with virtually no prior art experience. The project spawned a kickstarter campaign, to raise funds to complete it, and then a gallery opening on July 27th, 2013 at Hartford ArtSpace Gallery.
I used my experiences as a mother and childbirth nurse as both inspiration and guide to completing the project. The exhibit tells the story of the Mother Archetype, each piece rich with symbolism pulled from my personal, and the collective, unconscious. As a whole, they represent the story of creation; from Mother Earth’s conception of us, to our human experience of motherhood, to humankind’s role as creators of our future. I used my experience with natural childbirth as a metaphor and familiar guide to the creative process, discovering that bringing our dreams to reality requires the same approach; courage, focus, determination, openness and acceptance.
Since the opening of the exhibit, I have sought opportunities to show MAMA in other locations and offer public talks about the making of the sculptures, leading into a subject that I am passionate about; the need to protect women’s choice and autonomy in childbirth. My ultimate goal is to educate women about their options for birth and to help change the culture surrounding birth, hoping more women will come to see birth as a spiritually empowering rite of passage rather than a painful, dangerous medical event.
For more information, please visit http://www.mamamore.co/mama/ you can also view the full exhibit at erinzaffis.com”
-submitted by Erin Zaffis
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