BY SOME MIRACLE
The photographs that make up my thesis work delve into the world of infertility by mapping the products, the treatment spaces, and the human body. I have created three works – one exploring the vast array of fertility aids available both over the counter and online; another taking the viewer inside Canadian fertility clinics from coast to coast, documenting both the spaces and the treatments; the third mapping estrogen levels with microscopic photographs of saliva, signalling the optimum moment for conception.
In addition to participating in the discourse of art, it is my hope that this body of work will help to educate the public about Assistive Reproductive Therapies (ART) and infertility and offer some support through shared experience to couples that are trying to have a baby.
Sequencing Pattern Image Trial
2012 – 2014, 22"x68"
Sequencing Pattern Image Trial is a series of twenty-six vertical panoramic microscopic images of saliva samples, sized 22”x68”. The work is inspired by an inexpensive saliva-based personal microscope called the Fertile-Focus. A few days prior to ovulation, women experience an estrogen surge that causes a fern-like pattern to appear in their saliva when viewed under a microscope. Each panel is finished with a pickled white wood frame. They are titled with the date that each sample was taken, and hung chronologically. The environmental scale of the photographic prints, and coloration, causes the images to take on resemblances to aerial landscapes, Chinese landscape paintings, and maps – making a boundaried world of the experience of infertility.