September 12, 2009
This was painted while our daughter-in-law was pregnant with Nomi, whose birth was one of the fastest on record. Another grandchild is due next spring. If time in labor is cut in half, the next birthing will be something like the catholic mother’s in Monte Python “And Now For Something Entirely Different“.
This painting came to mind when I was writing yesterday’s blog on the XY show at the Spencer Museum of Art, which explores what it means to be a man. Man or woman, birthing is an abrupt transitional experience that shapes us. The female figure giving birth represents everywoman; she is connected to the web of life, ancestral forms observe as a baby boy is birthed, diving head first into a new way of being.