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Black Womb, 26th August 2013, Helen Sargeant ©

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I am a visual artist, mother of two children aged 12 and 4, and co-founder of the MeWe arts collective. I intend to use this site to explore how my personal experiences as a mother informs my arts practice. To reflect upon the maternal in relationship to memory, loss, and mental health in particu…Read more

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4 Responses to “Black womb”

  1. Rachel Fallon

    It took me a long time to conciously/unconciously make/not make this decision too, until one day I knew it was not going to happen. I remember folding baby clothes as we moved house not being ready to acknowledge that I wouldn’t have another child although somewhere I knew my limits. Two hands meant I could keep two children above water. It seems strange to equate motherhood with drowning but maybe I felt it was the submersion of my

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  2. Rachel Fallon

    old self. Have to think more about that one.

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  3. Lena Simic

    My period returned today.
    I felt it all happening again some two weeks ago.
    I can play the game again.
    I can be reckless.
    No! Don’t.
    Of course, I won’t, I’m not stupid.
    Enough is enough.
    When is that day when you suddenly know for sure?
    Or is this desire always subdued, somehow repressed.
    We learn to live with it.
    Crushed.
    Empty.
    With a lingering possibility of a few years more.

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  4. Helen Sargeant

    Thanks Rachel and Lena for your kind words.

    Rachel I love the connections that you make between motherhood and drowning. Your words conjure up some great imagery.

    Lena you are so perceptive and wise, I agree perhaps we do just suppress the idea of another, as you say we learn to live with it.

    I just finished a period, it was very heavy, intense, bloody and full of clots. I bleed in gushes afterwards I am drained and pale. My periods have always been troublesome. I enjoyed the time when I was pregnant and breastfeeding and did not bleed. All this filling up and emptying out can be so exhausting.

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