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.
The Family Planning Aisle
2013, 14"x14", Archival Inkjet prints
The Family Planning Aisle is a two-part series. The first part is a single horizontal stitched panoramic print, 44”x80”, documenting the aisle in a drug store that contains the over-the-counter fertility aids, contraceptives, and baby products. The second part consists of twenty-four square format images, 14”x14”, indexing an array of fertility aids that are commercially available to couples, in drug stores and online, ranging from supplements to tests, and including foods that are often discussed in the fertility blogosphere as improving one’s chance of conception. The Instagram aesthetic of the prints denotes the fleeting nature of the products and connects them with their proliferation on the Internet. The implied microscopic gaze evokes “scientistic notions of photographic truth”. (Sekula 131)
I would like to thank the following companies who have generously sent me products: