One of my latest art pieces is the In Vitro Purse. The 3rd Wave Art Collaborative concentrated on the theme of fertility and power last week. The group has chosen to use the purse as the starting point for this series of work.
My art is a story piece about going through the IVF process. I used a jar to play on “in vitro”, literally in glass, as in a test tube. During the IVF process I got pumped up with drugs to produce as many viable eggs as possible. A one point I produced 21 eggs at one time. It is interesting how the public does not hear much about the women who were not successful with IVF. Perhaps it is the women themselves who do not share this information? It is quite an ordeal to go through and expensive, so it is quite disheartening to still not have a baby at the end of it all.
I am hoping this assemblage piece will be publicly displayed to reach out to other women and let them know they are not alone in this experience.