Black Womb, 26th August 2013, Helen Sargeant ©

About Helen Sargeant

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

  2. Rachel Fallon

    old self. Have to think more about that one.

  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.
    With a lingering possibility of a few years more.

  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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