Uterine Utopia, Beams Festival, 2014

Sue Stevens

An interpretation of a womb, made from women’s worn garments – stitched together and starched. Surrounding the tree, this work is strong and durable; large enough to fit an adult human. The symbolism of the womb suggesting that this is where Utopia lives and lies: with the seed; the beginning; the potential. Being at the same time something not yet fully realised, but also already in existence, with the ability to become a paradise, a perfection, Utopia. The Uterine Utopia ensures the viewer that life will continue, and creates a nurturing space for growth. The work reaches out to the branches of the trees securing and ensuring a continuum of a plentiful utopian life. The birth and re-birth of the tree, and of life.



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