‘Egg surprise’ is an overview of the primordial state of life inside a woman’s body and how a story unfolds from it. Empty eggs, full eggs, painful eggs, unwanted eggs. Whilst these decisions are made for us within our bodies, we have no choice or control over what the outcome will be. During this time our brains are full of random thoughts. Dealing with a pregnancy, expected or not, triggers many doubts and anxieties. ‘Egg surprise’ is the silent scream of happiness, fear, rejection, hope, relief and the many other feelings a pregnancy brings to light.
The playful idea of using a chocolate egg as the involucre for this issue comes from my knowledge as an experienced parent. The future of a mother to be is chocolate. Chocolate could easily have been one my kids first words – they’re pretty much obsessed with it – it’s unbelievable how so much of their time and energy goes towards earning points for some sort of chocolate reward!
I like the idea that even in those early stages my children were forming all those genetic characteristics that I am still learning about now. Chocolate is truly in our families genes.
With these images I try to symbolise the essence of the parent/child relationship. The effort, the patience, the will and sometimes the battles we go through in creating life intertwine with our kids favourites – chocolate, surprises and toys.