In these egg-shaped foetal bubbles, we witness an artist's autobiographical response to child bearing. By introducing the body into a minimal, semi-abstract form, Groening has turned her sculptures into post-minimalist work resembling the feminist practice of artists such as Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.
The artist is a writer of mythical stories, dreams and narratives and this work embodies these observations. She states that 'this is the story of that which is present and absent all at once. A narrative that started with a tadpole that became a fish, then a lizard'. Her 'nurturing' process of child bearing has been personalised by the adornment of feathers and ribbons upon the unified white surfaces of a form that resembles a pregnant stomach. They are all fragile unknown voids, resting jewel-like and silent on the gallery walls, as if about to burst into life.
This is the story of that which is present and absent all at once. A narrative that started with a tadpole that became a fish, then a lizard. Then it became like a bird stretching its limbs ready to escape from its confines. The constant swimmer beating against the internal tide of amniotic fluid.
Isabel Finch, 2008
The fist wriggling and writhing felt like popcorn being popped on my insides. Flutters of internal limbs were stretched and worked. Later, it became stronger and more forceful. The staccato rhythm of hiccups or the harsh jarring of feet jammed into stomach and lungs. The strong roll of a head. This whole other human being swimming inside- existing, but not yet independent or separate.
I am me and he is he, but he has not yet become. I must grow him more ‘til the time comes when we can separate.
Victoria Boulter-Groening, 2008