I am writing to share news about a text/art installation I will be exhibiting for the first time this May in Providence, RI, and also to invite you to participate.
I am a writer, forum-member and two-times survivor of severe pre-eclampsia. When I was on bedrest for many weeks during my second pregnancy, fearing for my unborn daughter's life, I was deeply touched by reading about babies lost to this terrible disease. I became determined to do what little I could to help fight for greater awareness pf preecmapsia and help raise funds toward preeclampsia research. This is how my project was conceived.
My project, entitled "I Gave You Words - Field of Cradles", has grown into a collaboration with over twenty mothers and four young women who are art students at the Rhode Island School of Design. The resulting text/art installation consists of 25 empty cradles containing a short poem, written from words shared with me by mothers who lost their babies to Preeclampsia or HELLP and printed on individually-woven blankets. A very talented composition student is working on a 'sound environment' using words and musical elements, some taken from lullabies, which will be played while the cradles are exhibited. The exhibit will be accompanied by panels that inform viewer about Preeclampsia and HELLP symptoms as well as the work of the PE Foundation, and there will be the opportunity to pledge support.
The first exhibit will take place in a few weeks on the main college green at Brown University, where over 5000 young women and men pass through each day. Further exhibits are planned throughout this summer, and my husband and I are hoping to raise the funds to travel to the hometown of each participating family in June of 2012.
Thank you so much for reading about my exhibit, if you have come this far. If you are interested in participating by sharing your and your baby's story with me and dedicating a cradle to his or her memory, please do write me at email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susannah (here also Sush)