Second Trimester Project
This work confronts a general state of uncertainty that comes with pregnancy and the fact that guidelines for what is good for mother and child varies greatly depending according to source. A general rule I came across was that pregnant women should not lift more than 25 lbs. In this piece, I lifted 26 lbs. nine feet into the air every week of the second trimester using a block and tackle pulley system. The mechanical advantage of the pulley allowed me to lift the weight using approximately 5.2 lbs of lifting effort. I then allowed the weight to fall onto a piece of artist made paper that increased in diameter each week. I used a sheet of graphite transfer paper to capture a record of the impact. I was seeking to explore situations that could be considered limiting and instead mine them for their generative qualities.