Confinement

Confinement

2009

An installation about women, prison, and birth.

Confinement is an installation about the standard U.S. practice of shackling women in prison to their hospital beds during labor and delivery and the forced removal of their children.


There are three large abstract pregnant female figures shackled to the wall. Female babies float away from the figures to symbolize both the forced removal of babies from women who are incarcerated and the legacy of absent female role models that incarcerated women leave for their girl children. There is rope suspended in front of the figures to represent prison bars.


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