• My Body in My Hands Piece TO PRINT


Photographic scan

Connecting objects across generations, I hold my late father’s scalpel which he used for cutting negatives in his photography studio, scanned as a photographic image - a technique he also used in his personal work. The scalpel in my hand repositions the control, or lack of it, I experienced with the birth of my son - my father’s grandchild he will never know - reflecting on the medicalisation of the birth experience and the perceptions and contradictions of ‘natural’ and ‘medical’ birth journeys.

Available for sale
Photographic print on giclée paper (6 x 6") 
Limited edition of 6 (unframed)

Contact ellie@ellieshipman.com for more information. 

This piece will be exhibited as part of My Body in My Hands. Information below:

My Body In My Hands - John St Gallery, Stroud, GL5 2HA May 5-13 an exhibition of over 100 artists' responses to #mybodyinmyhands works encompassing bodily experience and accompanying texts. My Body in My Hands is a physical exhibition following artist Sam Lucas's call out on Instagram @theweightofbeing to make a piece of work in any medium to describe how it feels to be in your body and post a photo of the work in the hand. The ongoing project has produced a conceptually broad and exciting response with over 100 artists participating in the exhibition at SVA Stroud and over 300 in the online gallery. Materially wide open, the works range from ceramics, found objects, paper, natural materials and human matter to short videos. 170 images of the artworks and accompanying texts will be shown alongside a selection of physical pieces in John Street Gallery, Stroud 5-13 May, open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10.30am - 5pm. Opening night May 5th 5-8pm and Q&A with curator artists Nick Grellier and Sam Lucas May 11th 6.30-8pm when the fundraising raffle will be drawn.