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Preeclampsia Art Project to Raise Awareness

Last Updated on Thursday, February 03, 2011

cradlesOver 500,000 infants are lost worldwide as a result of their mothers having a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. Artist Susannah Pabot, a two-time preeclampsia survivor, has decided to transform some of the continued sadness and sense of helplessness she shares with so many other survivors into a creative project: a written word and public art installment to commemorate the loss of life due to preeclampsia and raise awareness of the disease within the wider public.


Her planned project is to install a sea of fifty small, simply-designed, identical cradles on a grassy area, each commemorating a particular infant lost to preeclampsia or HELLP. The cradles will stand empty of babies, but they will not be empty of words: of love, longing and memories. When the viewer steps closer, s/he will find inside each cradle words commemorating the brief life of a lost infant, words shared by families with the artist and woven into a creative text.

The installation will be exhibited in Providence, RI, later this year. Susannah is also currently fundraising to take the exhibit to other locations within the US. 

Families who would like to dedicate a cradle to their baby by sharing existing written texts, web pages and/or by responding to a brief questionnaire should email Susannah directly at susannah_pabot@brown.edu.

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