Sunday, February 1, 2009
As I was putting the finishing touches on the thrones, I was watching a TV program that featured various birthing methods. I couldn't believe I had forgotten about what could be the most important chair of all: the birthing stool. I can't begin to explain how powerful I felt birthing my daughter on one of these, with my husband behind me for support and the midwife and doctor below me -- actually sitting on the floor (how often is a doctor -- he or she whom we westerners place in such high regard -- relegated to such a low position as to literally be on the floor?). I was going for monumental status with a simple, centered composition, but I wonder if I went too vulgar with the background. I almost re-did it, but decided that risk-taking is part of the challenge and my own personal growth. I did add the hand at the last minute to represent the loving, helping hand of the mother and mid-wife. So here it is. My answer to the Chair challenge.