'The Midwife' by Imogen Di Sapia

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'The Midwife' by Imogen Di Sapia

600.00

Title: The Midwife

Medium : Tapestry / Hand-woven textile (woven raw silk, linen and bark-dyed wool, inclusions of plum-wood and hag-stones)

Size: 50cm x 200cm

Artist: Imogen D-Sapia

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About the work:

The Midwife is a work that communicates my experiences of perinatal mental health and childbirth PTSD; it is a work to symbolise the bridging experience of the thresholds of womanhood and motherhood between the births of my two children. I called upon my relationship with folklore and myth, and the archetypal Midwife, and used raw silk and bark-dyed wool to weave a tapestry that shows umbilical-threads connecting two moments; the before and the after. All the tension, suspension and structure is paused in the central panel, and a transition is made. 

This midwifery of art-making, weaving and of very real labour and childbirth, allowed me to access the void space of waiting, transformation and creativity, which leaves a permanent mark within my life, and the irrevocable change which occurs in the moment of becoming a mother. I refer to this liminal space as The Mythic Domestic; a place of both deep and rich magic and unfathomable loneliness.

The inclusion of the two holed hag-stones (also know as adder stones) are included as a gesture of gratitude to The Midwife, as her adornments and offerings of thanks for safe delivery. In folklore, these stones are considered miniature vortices through which we may spy the Other World and its inhabitants.

IMOGEN DI SAPIA is an artist-maker in textiles, working with weaving to communicate her experiences of motherhood and perinatal mental health, combined with storytelling, folklore and heritage crafts. Imogen is an exhibiting artist, workshop facilitator, tutor and mentor in applied textiles.