The pregnant human form in art is historically uncommon and controversial, the depiction of pregnant or birthing bodies created by women artists even more so. In this lecture, Kelly Klick will explore how and why pregnancy has been artistically represented throughout the eras, highlighting the few female artists who dared to depict the gravid
state and its curious absence throughout much of art history. Klick will also dip into debates that one might have overheard in the art world hundreds of years ago or just last week.
Kelly Klick is an emerging artist living in Pinawa, Manitoba. Intimately knowledgeable about pregnant bodies, fetuses and newborns, Klick uses her experience as a midwife to inform her painting, sculpture and assemblages. She is currently working on a series entitled Mother Tree, which explores the connection between humans and trees through pregnancy.