BIRTH
Graphite and pastel on paper, c. 28.5 x 41.25 in.
and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
In his Ode to Intimations of Immortality
William Wordsworth wrote that when
we are born, “trailing clouds of glory do
we come from God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”
Here, the baby listens to a conch, which
is a Buddhist vehicle for transmission
and learning, while pointing upwards to
a bird symbolizing the spirit and guide
for the soul. Birth is also rebirth for
every change in our life is a new birth of
the self. The Jungian analyst Marion
Woodman says a life well lived is a
series of birth canals.