Western Michigan University

Amber Martin

Amber Martin
Art 5480: Advanced Photography Workshop
digital prints, 24″ x 36″
series of 16

These images are from a series I am working on about infertility. The ability to conceive a child has been known as the central feature of the woman’s identity. There is an implicit assumption that motherhood is intrinsic to the adult female identity. This assumption implies there is an “absence” for any woman that is not a mother. One cause for this “absence” is infertility. The issue of motherhood can be a very touchy subject to talk about for woman experiencing infertility and may even be something they are ashamed of. However, infertility affects twenty five percent of women in the United States.