Video Sketchbook: Pregnancy

1983, 23:00 minutes, colour


This artist's visual diary goes beyond her personal experience, becoming an entertaining investigation of the physical and psychological aspects of pregnancy. Along with the clinical documentation of her ultrasound and the actual birth, the tape explores the rites and mythologies connected with childbirth: old wives' tales, couvade (sympathy pains), food cravings. McDonald devises a modern game of roulette to ease the trauma of name choosing and shares with us her fantasies and apprehensions about this wondrous event.

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