Prior to Birth (Maquette), 2009
Foamcore, cardboard, polypropylene, ink, photographs of obstetrician's waiting room magazine table.
Dimensions variable, arrangement of truncated asymmetric pyramids, ranging from 30“ x 19” x 15“ to 38" x 25" x 31"
Prior to Birth is a group sculpture composed of pyramids whose form was determined by photographic recording of the projection from the station point of the camera to the rectangular surface of a magazine table in the waiting room of the obstetrician who delivered our second child, Julian. These sculptures prioritize the camera's rendering of perspective over the usual rendering of the light reflected back at the camera from a subject in the frame. The photographs made of the magazine table were taken casually on each scheduled visit while waiting to see the doctor. Since they were produced without standardized framing or distance from the subject, the form of the pyramid differs significantly throughout the arrangement. Located under the base of each pyramid is a image of the magazines found on the table. This maquette is constructed at three-quarter scale.