by Julie Brener

Art from the Womb

When Gitl Braun’s art professor suggested, “Go back to your womb,” Braun took the advice literally. The Hasidic mother of eight retreated to her family’s sukkah, which doubles as her studio, and studied a photograph of her uterus, taken after her recent hysterectomy. When she noticed its striking resemblance to the pomegranates strung above her head, something “just clicked,” recalls the Israel-born, London-based artist. “I covered a pomegranate in a cotton serviette, like it was skin, and started to photograph it.” Then she eliminated the fruit and photographed just pieces of gauzy white cloth whose “folds and creases were like a metaphor for the body,” she explains.

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