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Artist Illuminates the Taboo Nature of Miscarriage

By April 9, 2012

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Recently, the International Museum of Women asked their online community to nominate artwork from all over the world that represented motherhood.  After a huge response of over 600 submissions, the finalists were named, and the winner brought an unexpected dimension to the exhibit.

The installation is called "Breakdown in the Closet" by Pakistani/American artist, Humaira Abid.  The piece features wooden sculptures representing each member of a family's clothing hanging in a closet.  Below, on the floor, a red onesie represents a child lost to miscarriage.

Clare Winterton, the director of the museum, described the exhibition and the winner piece at length this week in The Huffington Post.  The full exhibition can also be seen at the Museum's website.  Although the article above features a number of photos of "Breakdown in the Closet," I found the images available at the artist's own site to be even more breathtaking.

Abid, writing about the piece, said

I have had miscarriages, and I know very well how tough it is, both physically and emotionally.

I am from a country and society where showing your emotions and expressing your opinion is not welcomed--especially if you are a woman. Many experiences and roles of women are not properly appreciated. They are simply considered to be their duty or part of life.

I find this piece beautiful and touching.  It's hard to imagine any woman who has gone through a pregnancy loss not feeling a connection to Abid's work.  I'm so pleased it was the winner of competition.  The more we can expose the public to expressions of grief after pregnancy loss, the less taboo the subject will become.

Please follow the links and browse all the available photos of "Breakdown in the Closet."  I hope you are as touched by it as I was.

For More on Expressions of Miscarriage Grief:
Honoring Your Baby's Memory
Grief Journaling:  An Overview
Funeral Planning After Pregnancy Loss

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