Sac Fluid Cord, 1998 & 2012

I recast my original 1998 Afterbirth (Sac Fluid Cord) in fresh translucent glycerin for the traveling exhibition “Take Care: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century” in its seventh and last showing at The Wright Museum at Beloit College in 2012.  Three dustpans hold a glass bottle in each of their handles. One carries a bit of amniotic sac, the next some amniotic fluid, and the last a section of umbilical cord. It is a piece about birth and after, about the usually discarded experience of labor, about the care taking that follows, about nourishment, preservation, and decay.