A lot of time and tears have gone into painting this son-flower. The pot is a representation of myself. Broken but still holding together. The dead flowers are the miscarriages I have had in my eight years of infertility. I’m only 27, so that is a huge amount of loss. Each petal of the wilted flowers represents a week that I was able to carry my angel babies. 48 petals total. The two joined sunflowers are my twins that I lost just one week apart. The tiny buds in the pot, that never made it to being a flower, are also miscarriages. Thirteen total angels lost. The blue background is open and vast with no end in sight. And then…there is my son. My bright, beautiful son-flower. One golden petal for each month that I carried him and one bright yellow petal for each day I was in the hospital after our rough delivery. We still have perfect seeds and great soil, but our pot is broken and may never bring another flower to live in the light.
My husband and I have been brought to our knees in tears too often to count. 96 months… 416 weeks… 2,920 days…no matter how you look at it, that’s a long time to be missing someone we’ve never had a chance to meet. So together, with his imagination and my talents, we paint through our pain.
This piece we’ve titled “VooDoo Daddy”.
It was a running joke for a long time, that we couldn’t have a child together because we were cursed. Maybe someone out there has a VooDoo doll and is making it their life’s goal to break us. It’s a little dark humor, but sometimes that’s what is needed to cope. We aren’t the only people in need of support and understanding, so we have decided to share our art with others who may need something to represent their pain. When you click on the here it will take you to their etsy page where you can learn more.So What is The Art Of Infertility?
The ART of Infertility is a traveling art exhibit. Its purpose is two fold. Both to educate the community, and to provide support to those diagnosed with the disease as well as provide them with a creative outlet and an opportunity to share their stories.
Ways to get involved
Share your story
We are interested in hearing from as many people as possible. Whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, in the process of adopting, are parenting after infertility, are living childfree after infertility or are trying to decide what to make of all of this, we want to hear your story. We will be displaying the stories and photographs of individuals, couples and families in various stages of the journey throughout the exhibit. You don’t have to show your face. We understand if you’d prefer to remain anonymous and you are welcome to do so!
We want to share ways that those with Infertility have used to express themselves creatively throughout their journeys. You don’t have to be a professional artist to participate. Whether it’s a sculpture or painting, a scarf you knitted to pass the time while waiting at the Reproductive Endocrinologists’ office, a necklace you made to remember a baby lost or a poem or prayer you jotted down in your journal, we’d love to include it in the exhibit.
Tell us what you’re doing when you’re not wrapped up with dealing with Infertility.
We’re interested in featuring contributions that those who are living childfree are making in their communities. If you currently don’t have children, whether it’s because treatment hasn’t yet worked for you, you haven’t been matched in an adoption placement yet or you have resolved to live childfree after infertility, we would like to learn about the activities you are involved with.
Interested in getting involved? Have Questions? Contact Elizabeth Walker by phone at (517) 262-3662 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Interviews can be conducted via questionnaire, online, in person or by phone, depending on your preference.