Madison Omahne (USA, Ohio)
Womb Project (2013-14)
Photo collage with soft sculpture
This 9 month long documentation explores the physical changes I experienced throughout my first pregnancy. By crocheting around myself during this period, I created a womb-like soft sculpture, which protected and comforted me, just as my womb protected and comforted my growing baby. I utilized the repetitive process of crocheting, a traditional craft, to reflect on my pregnancy, my body, and the baby growing inside me. As my baby continued to grow and began to manipulate my body, it is apparent that the sculpture was doing the same.
The more her baby grows, the more difficult it becomes for the artist to continue creating her work. However, it is inevitable that she continues. This is catharsis.
At last, when the sculpture was complete, it was deconstructed to reveal my greatest work of art, my baby.
Madison Omahne is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer. In 2011 she received her MFA in Sculpture at Brooklyn College where she studied under renowned artists such as Vito Acconci and Patricia Cronin.