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Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors
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Women of the Wall
The Fence
IVF
Margaret
These are some Jews that Hitler Did Not Get
Conversations with Dad
Mother Daughter 2003
Mother Daughter 2004
Mother Daugter 2005
Mother Daughter 2006
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Artist’s Statement

Dena Elisabeth Eber

 

IVF

 

Through documentation of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, these artworks join technology and the natural world by mediating the biological process of reproduction through the human made application of medicine.  Most importantly, this work reveals how these technologies impact our choices, opportunities, and resulting emotions surrounding one of our most primitive desires, to procreate.  Using these technologies we can conceive life in new ways that give reproductive options to a new group of people, including single mothers by choice, gay and lesbian couples, and couples with fertility problems. As heartening as this sounds, it makes what was once a strictly divine process into something clinical, thus mixing something organic and chaotic with something sterile and controlled.

 

This art records once such failed IVF procedure that embodied all these ethical issues, but also held the emotional hope and ultimate disappointment of this and all the other attempts.  Thus the work contains the emotional, organic, and primitive dimensions that will always prevail, no matter the technology.

 

The natural content of the images mixed with the technological art tool (digital photography) reflects the contradiction between the medical practice and the creation of human life. The sterile and positivistic surgical process mingles with the organic and often-poignant feelings a hopeful mother confronts.  The baby rabbit symbolizes the initial fertility and the subsequent death of both the embryo and the hope.  These images also include medical notations, distorted representations of expensive drugs, fertility symbols, and hopeful petri dish embryos wrapped in an artistic interpretation of an unresolved outcome.

DENA EBER

deber@bgsu.edu

 

Captions (info for files)

NOTE:  sizes in (WXH, inches)

 

 

eber1.jpg

#1 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

15X15

2008

 

eber2.jpg

#2 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

19X13

2009

 

eber3.jpg

#3 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

13X19

2008

 

eber4.jpg

#4 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

19X13

2009

 

eber5.jpg

#5 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

16X14

2008

 

eber5b.jpg

#5 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

16X14

2008

 

 

eber6.jpg

#6 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

13X19

2009

 

eber7.jpg

#7 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

16X14

2009

 

 

eber8.jpg

#8 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

13X19

2009

 

 

eber9.jpg

#9 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

16X14

2009

 

 

eber10.jpg

#10 from the IVF (in vitro fertilization) series

Digital Image

13X19

2009

 









 
     
 
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