Tess Cersonsky (2022)
quilling on paper
This piece depicts placenta and umbilical cord. The title refers to the stages of labor; stage 3 marks the separation of the placenta and umbilical cord from the uterus. This stage begins the post-partum period wherein the body heals from the experience, and often trauma, of pregnancy and birth.
As a medical student on OB/GYN, I didn’t always get to delivery the baby itself but I always got to deliver the placenta. This is how I fell in love with this incredible organ that bridges the gap between pregnant patient and baby. This is what led me to create this piece via quilling, a technique involving twisting small strips of paper into many shapes. I sought to capture the flow of blood within the placenta between the growing fetus and the pregnant patient using different spirals.