F* you, babies is a mother’s book with pages of babies as text, where you push a button and a woman’s words play.
Painted vinyl, wire, vinyl, paper, and thread on vinyl and acetate.
This is a photograph of the veilshroud layout for F* you, babies. You can’t see the entire span of the ‘wings’, but this does show the layout top to almost bottom. The babies ringed in white are paper cut-outs – babies that still need to be drawn and cut-out of the plastic shower curtain and then painted black. I have 104 done; 143 to go. I’ll make as many as I can this week and next week Lisa and I will start attaching them together.
I am making about a million babies this week for the shroudveil for F* you, babies. A dear friend pointed this out: “That’s a little over one and a half baby-makes per second, 24 hours a day, for 7 days.
YOU WOULD BE AWESOME!!”
This is Lisa’s working version of the baby chain for F* you, babies. The babies are forming a ‘spine’ down the middle and ‘wings’ on the sides so the veil will drape well when I wear it. These are copies on paper of the actual plastic babies.
With the help of Lisa Escobar, I am going to turn the babies into a veil. The babies will be sewn together; maybe through rivets; maybe attached to a clear plastic material first. I am going to wear the veil in a live performance that embodies the feelings of constraint and restraint that mark my experience of mothering my children. The main technical concerns will be the strength of the sewn-together babies – so that I can pull, stretch, etc. the veil; and the drape of the finished veil – how well does it hang and function as a piece of material.