The Birth Project

‘The Birth Project’ is Amanda Greavette’s current series. The paintings are life-size and include images of women in pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum. These images are an astounding tribute to the potent grace that comes through the act of birth. I am completely blown away by Amanda’s uncanny ability to capture the raw power, ecstasy and spirit of new mothers.

 

From her website : Amanda believes strongly in the power of the image to shape our perceptions and beliefs. Painting is the last great traditional medium, and she feels that little compares to the impact a large oil painting. Amanda cares deeply about women’s issues, particularly birth and motherhood, and paints from that passion. The Birth Project is because of and for women; it seeks to tell their stories while providing an image of birth that is both symbolic and real; depicting the raw power of the birth process and the unfolding potential of a woman. Amanda feels these paintings have a place in the public sphere where they can provoke conversations about birth and choices, conjuring emotional responses and encouraging storytelling. Amanda loves to hear about how the paintings affect the viewer- whether it be waterbirth conversation in a midwife’s office, or the recognition of capability when a mother finds herself birthing in the same position as the ‘woman in the painting’, or the healing someone finds when seeing her experience reflected.The Birth Project.”

To see more of Amanda’s work, please visit her website at
www.amandagreavette.com

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The Japanese term “wabi-sabi” refers to a kind of beauty that’s “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete,” says Leonard Koren. It differs from Western notions that beauty resides in the “monumental, spectacular, and enduring.” It’s about “the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral: things so subtle and evanescent they are almost invisible at first glance.”

via  Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology

Father, '09

Father, ’09 by Azrael @ Rainbow Bridger

Image copyright : Azrael Oxumaré