The Placenta Series
These images are photographs of floating photographic emulsions,
a process I invented in 1979, when I was working with scientists'
scanning electron microscope negatives of marine life. I wanted
to make photographs as wet, diaphanous, and buoyant as the sea
I began to put other images onto these light-sensitive
membranes: copy machine self-portraits, camera -made photographs,
and ultra-sound microphone signals of blood rushing through
the placenta of my unborn daughter's placenta.
The Placenta Series alludes to the origin--
in fluids--of all life on earth, to sexual energy, orgasm, conception,
pregnancy, and birth. It also makes an analogy between photographic
reproduction and the replication of living organisms by cloning.
In my work, I explore the meaning and possibilities
of photography, both as a physical, analog tradition and as
a digital, conceptual medium.
I gratefully acknowledge Dr. Susumu Honjo
of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for sharing his
scanning electron microscope negatives with me.