I, MOM: In Memory of Mothers


I, MOM: In Memory of Mothers is a community arts installation that combines hand-made art and activism to raise awareness of the maternal health care crisis in the United States.  640 dolls from across the US are being installed during the Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s senior thesis show, NONO, starting April 27, 2012.  Anna Ryan is the artist coordinating this installation. I was drawn to her guiding principle for the installation. “Carl Wilkens wrote, ‘When we make something with our hands, it changes the way we feel, which changes the way we think.’ By involving the community, I hope to reach not only the hands, but also the hearts and minds of others in order to bring healing.”

Doll-making tutorials will be a feature of this blog, but in the meantime, you can find instructions for making dolls from cornhusks, yarn, and socks within the blog responses themselves.

Deadly Delivery, published by Amnesty International in 2010, gives the details of the crisis in the US.  Maternal mortality rates have increased in the US from 6.6 per 100,000 in 1987 to 13.3 in 2006, ranking the US the 41st country in the world.http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/deadlydelivery.pdf

Canada has not warranted a Deadly Delivery alert from Amnesty International, but the record in 2008/09 – 2009/10 of 7.8 maternal deaths per 100,000 deliveries in Canada is cause for concern.  Table 3 in the report from the Public Health Agency of Canada s on maternal mortality rates by province indicates that this nation cannot be smug: Newfoundland/Labrador, PEI, and the Yukon far exceed the US rates.  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/maternal-maternelle/mortality-mortalite/pdf/mortal-eng.pdf  I suspect the maternal mortality rates for First Nations mothers are at crisis levels.


~ by artpoped on June 1, 2012.

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