This new series of photographs is called Nesting. It is a term I heard frequently during my pregnancy. It refers to a parent’s need to prepare for the arrival of a new child. By shredding family photographs and re-purposing them to create these nests, my process mirrors my experiences preparing for the birth of my son. The nests are the visual equivalents of the destruction/creation dichotomy that occurs during the transformation into parenthood. The nests double as creatures, just like a pregnant woman’s belly represents both a safe haven and the new creature inside. The series reflects on the need to nest — to prepare to welcome a new family member — and the items, the physical body and sense of one’s self that are transformed, destroyed and re-purposed in this process.
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