The Empty Womb
Robbi Firestone’s installation The Empty Womb examines the darkest shadow of the female experience: infertility. The Empty Womb combines medical and pharmaceutical paraphernalia from Firestone’s personal in-vitro journey with traditional women’s pursuits (crocheting, sewing, fabric work, lullabies). An experiential immersion, the piece provokes catharsis for viewers. By invitation, museum curators and members of the press may preview The Empty Womb in process at the artist’s studio in Santa Fe, NM.
Betsy Chasse, producer/writer/director of What the Bleep Do We Know?, is filming a documentary about Firestone’s installation. The work examines the cult of woman as creator and investigates the frailties, sorrow, jealousy, and rage erupting from unfulfilled hopes for biological lineage.
An “emotional exorcism,” The Empty Womb speaks difficult core truths about infertility, bravery, devastation… and recovery. The installation unites us in reverence for what is inherent, inherited, and bone-deep among all women.
The Empty Womb is a work in progress but I hope this slideshow offers a behind the scenes preview.