A pregnant, reclined body is absent beneath heavy, white, domestic construction materials including cast plaster bandages and an Yves Klien blue silicone mold. Recalling the voided bodies depicted in Modern masterpieces such as "Anthropometry" where Klien dragged and stamped women's bodies across a canvas; the Fissured photographs consider the intersectional complexity of the fertile body black and brown pregnant body who must resist or internalize the legacy of the violent, historical gaze in their identity construction process.
The Fissured suite of photographs are a polyptych altarpiece (9 photographs) depicting the Mama Spa Botanica process where black and brown pregnant people cast their pregnant bodies in vernacular Mother Mold belly casts, in collaboration with the artist and their reproductive health allies. Medically described, a fissure is an anatomical cleft or tear often associated with trauma during pregnancy. Architecturally, a fissure is the texture most commonly applied to asbestos drop ceiling tiles found in institutional settings including hospitals- often the last image a black or brown mother will see before delivering her child, and the first image a baby sees at birth.
The Linea Negra series photographs (2008-present) documents the inception of gender, power and race structures from slogans, slang, maxims and "old wives tales" to internalized, institutional violence. The works celebrate the melanin line appearing during gestation (most prominent in women of color) as a biological pieta; the first biographical mark on the procreative body and the first sign of our creative humanity.