"Mother of Pearl" (2016)
Resin casted nipples, metal chain, faux pearls and gems,
Mother of pearl was created in response to the shaming women receive for breast feeding in public. As a mother of two I look at my nipples as a part of my body I used to feed my children. Our society has sexualized breast to the point of turning something as natural and beautiful as breast feeding, into a act that should been done in privacy for showing the breast in public is indecency. From the argument that "Intimate acts have no place in public," to the fact that in some public places breast feeding is not protected by law; these conversations need to be had so we can move forward in realizing that a women's body is not there for pleasure and tantalization. The breasts function to produce milk in order to nourish an infant. Its an amazing aspect of my body that I will not hide and no one should be forced to. I casted my nipples in resin and constructed them into a necklace to make something that embraces the beauty of breast feeding. The pearls represent milk and all its power and femininity. Pearls symbolize innocence, generosity, purity, and love, just like I believe the act of breast feeding a child represents.