Coffin Birth

In the year 2019 US laws stripping women away from freedoms sparked major controversy. This illustration was inspired by the rare kind of postmortem delivery occurring during the decomposition of a pregnant body. I feel the viewer will make their own judgement. I enjoy stippling to render bones. The plethora of dots imitate the look of nature, implying crisp texture and impression of depth. The process of decay is represented with a compilation of dots that imitates the look and feel of the natural world.

Shannon Elizabeth Gardner is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with a Bachelors in Studio Art and a Minor in Art History. Her interest in horror and the macabre came about while exploring nature and the paranormal. The work explores the natural and organic process of death, evoking empathy for decay. She believes life is beautiful when left to fate, leaving art to chance assists the viewer to witness beauty hidden within imperfections. Her process appreciates nature’s process and discovers the earth’s imperfect beauty. The ethereal mood of her work reaches the extreme and addresses the taboo.

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