Bedside Manners

Bedside Manners is a time-based pop-up installation in Golden Belt Studios. I recreate my memory of my copper IUD insertion through the distorted lens of conflicting messages on womanhood, motherhood, and purpose. Two chiffon forms, suspended by helium balloons, display embroidered text copied from a poster in my OB/GYN’s office, reading “A woman’s capacity to become pregnant is falling slightly as she ages. THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK IS TICKING.” Text and emphasis are verbatim.

Helium balloons descend over 7 hours, causing the quoted forms to descend throughout the night. Yarn and flagging ribbon lead from the descending quotes to a sculpted leg form on the floor, knit with electrical cable and exposed layers of copper wire, highlighting the materiality of the IUD. I later use materials from the installation to perform the creation of a second knit leg, growing the sculptural piece in my image.