STRANGE LABOR

These works are from an installation called “Strange Labor,” in which I considered how female bodies move in and out of commodity and value states within the captialist system in the US. While researching this project I discovered a strange congruence between the monthly female cycle and certain stock market cycles. The charting of the female cycle, know as BBT charting, involves taking your temperature every morning to determine when you ovulate, in order to maximize or avoid reproduction. Temperatures rise after ovulation, and, if a pregnancy occurs, keep rising, like a profitable stock. 

I charted my own cycle for 7 months, and one of these months was rendered in vinyl on a table top for this installation.  One of my most interesting discoveries was how closely the stock chart for a “bubble”  - which  refers to the divergence of market price from intrinsic value, resulting in a “crash”  -  resembles the chart for miscarriage. The language used by economists to describe a "bubble" (enthusiasm, denial, despair) and the physical manifestation of a "crash" (the upward slope of great expectation and the downward plunge of loss) are part of both financial and fertility vernaculars, demanding a closer look at how they intertwine.