Stamps lecturer Emilia White presented her newest work-in-progress, “The Ugly Placenta,” at the SECAC 2019 conference in Chattanooga from October 16 – 19. SECAC is a national non-profit organization devoted to education and research in the visual arts. The annual conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art.
“The Ugly Placenta” is a performance text in progress that combines personal memoir with research about stillbirth and severe pregnancy complications. The performance is shaped around the theme of the placenta, as both a life-giving organ and a fragile web of potential failures. Emilia will present a staged reading of the performance in the “Art and Parenting: Artistic Engagement with the Familial and Domestic” panel chaired by Barbara Kutis.