This is a preview of a body of work I have been building for several months. My husband and I recently suffered a miscarriage, and I wrote poetry and began painting works that expressed my frustration and grief. I plan to do something that combines the two in the near future, but have only started brainstorming what I intend to do. I want to share my grief with others who have suffered from miscarriage, because that among other things has helped our family the most, and I want our society to grow past the stigma and taboo attitude we have surrounding the subject miscarriage. Finally, I intend for people to see the hypocrisy in mourning the death of a wanted unborn child, and recognizing his or her humanity, while we as a society still celebrate a person's "right" to purposefully end an unborn child's life. If we mourn for one, we should protect the other. They are the same. For now, since October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, I am sharing a glimpse into my art about miscarriage.
"The Little Ones Along the Fence"
Depicting my husband digging the grave for our miscarried child
"Rainbow Baby No. 1" and "Rainbow Baby No. 2"
The worry and anxiousness of pregnancy following a miscarriage.
A baby born following a miscarriage is called a "rainbow baby."
Sonia Jackson Summers