Baby X has finally arrived on the New York art scene.Here's a concept she might want to grasp: If you give birth again, think about the safety of your child instead of your career.
Brooklyn conceptual artist Marni Kotak delivered her biggest performance ever — giving birth to a baby before an audience at an art gallery in Bushwick.
As works of art go, the child — named Ajax — was on the kind massive scale that would make even Christo blush: 9 pounds, 2 ounces and 21 inches long.
Kotak, 36, spent each day of the last month of her pregnancy inside an art installation set up like a birthing room at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn as part of the “project,” which she dubbed “The Birth of Baby X.”
She said she wanted to show that giving birth was the “highest form of art.”
At 10:17 Tuesday she treated a crowed of about 20 gallery visitors to her new creation.
“The atmosphere inside the gallery was magical,” wrote blogger Katarina Hybenova on the bushwickdaily.com website.
“I believe that all of the participants were deeply moved by this emotional, raw and true ‘piece of art’. . . Everyone was also very helpful.”
Yesterday, mom and baby were resting comfortably at home, said her husband, Jason Bell.
He said the birth was assisted by a doula and a midwife. Kotak started having contractions on Monday evening, and spent the night going through labor at the gallery.
“We stayed the night there because we weren’t sure [how long it was going to take.]” he said.
“Then all of a sudden it was like, it’s happening now. And it was a big shock how fast it happened.”
He added “She said it was worst pain she ever felt in her life.”
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Giving Birth Now 'Conceptual Art'
Some folks will do anything for attention.
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