“The Survival of the Species Depends Upon the Shape of the Nipple” Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas 60” x 44” 2016
Pushing the limits of the physicality of paint has nudged me into the space of sculptural creation. I am building a coral sculpture arrangement in collaboration with nature.
The painting is titled this way to reference how for millennium, human babies have relied on their mother’s breast for nourishment. I view women as the guardians of life; they are a coral reef. They are everything. Breasts represent life, prosperity, nourishment, and nurture.
My mom is a lactation consultant at Stanford Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. While she was studying for her exams to get into this dimension of her career, she shared with me that throughout history, before our modern age, the shape of the nipple was vastly important to the health of a newborn baby, as changes in anatomy could result in hardship while breastfeeding, and survival of the baby often hung in the balance.
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