Saturday, April 12, 2008

Incubation

Lately, my creative energy has been channeled into a whole new kind of endeavor. I am almost eight months pregnant with my first child, due on May 14. It is quite a miracle to feel this little being kicking around inside me. One unexpected side effect of this pregnancy has been that the more my belly swells, the less verbal I feel. Rather than initiate anything new, I have been filled with the burning desire for closure and completion of anything in progress. I imagine on the other side of birth, in the midst of parenting, new ideas for art will come to me. For now, I sort and organize, getting my nest ready to welcome this new life.

The image here, Evocation #017, was created just a month before I became pregnant and I look back on it now and see it as a fertility piece. The belly nests on soft feathers, the flower is drying up and going to seed, and the bottle is a vessel containing and protecting this process while embraced by the natural world around it. It truly amazes me how the intuitive process of art can be so previsionary.

3 comments:

gloria said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news... so exciting. What a special time in your life!

Be well, and enjoy those little kicks and somersaults!

Gloria

Mary Daniel Hobson said...

Dear Gloria,

Thanks so much for your well wishes! They mean a lot to me.

Danny

Lauren, Heidi and E. Marie said...

That is such great news Danny! As I know you will do, enjoy every possible moment of this brand new path.

--Lauren Usher