Hysterectomies

new projects,public art projects — chris on August 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I am currently working on a project  to comment on the phenomenon in my neighborhood of placing large household garbage out on the side walks and in empty lots year round. I am cutting uterus silhouettes from materials in the trash piles, photographing the resulting holes. The removed uterus shapes will be used to create a cast sculpture to be returned to the neighborhood. The trash piles, I believe, act like hysterectomies in that they  remove potential growth in the neighborhood. The uterus is a potent symbol for life, growth, and history.

The following images are details from two of the many piles worked on.

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  1. This is an amazing project! What got you interested in doing this? Do you know many women who have been hysterectomized and/or castrated?

    In addition to the uterus being “a potent symbol for life, growth, and history”, the uterus is a hormone responsive sex organ that provide structural support to the bladder, bowel and pelvis, and it confers cardiovascular protection.

    The ovaries are the female gonads. Removal of the ovaries is castration, the same as removal of the male gonads, the testes, is castration.

    When the uterus is removed women have 3X more heart disease than intact women, and when the ovaries are removed it’s 7X greater.

    Please visit the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services (HERS) Foundation’s website at http://www.hersfoundation.org and watch the short video “Female Anatomy: the Functions of the Female Organs”. You may also be interested in HERS Art Gallery. There are two powerful exhibits featuring Julia Wikswo and Angela Elkins.

    Comment by Nora — August 11, 2010 @ 5:21 am

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