An octopus has three hearts

An octopus has three hearts

In this ongoing series, I am visually and symbolically exploring the intense transformative experience of having a child, and the way my relationship changed towards myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I wanted to express this in a visually poetic way with images inspired by what I was processing at the time. Discovering an octopus has three hearts touched me deeply and felt significant for the theme of this series. Becoming a mother challenges you to grow extra hearts and can feel deeply profound and very frightening at the same time. When giving birth our deepest animal instinct awakens and this carries us as mothers. This series also explores aspects of pregnancy i.e pregnancy loss and women’s rights to have a choice over keeping her pregnancy. An important element in this series is the cyclical aspect, which is reflected in the sequencing of the images. Highlighting as well the menstrual cycle and how birth and death are interconnected. Through the creative process whether physically or symbolically giving birth, a part of ones ‘old’ identity has to die to make way for the new. It is as much a physical as it is a deeply psychological and spiritual experience. Therefore I believe it is our birthright as women to choose to have this experience or not.