Lupita Murillo Tinnen


Lupita Murillo Tinnen




Artist Statement

Mourning Sickness deals with my struggle with infertility beginning in September 2005. I never would have imagined that having a baby would be so much work. I was always under the false impression (thanks to my high school sex-ed class and Mexican parents) that if you have sex you will get pregnant unfailingly. For over 6 million American couples, trying to conceive is an excruciating nightmare, an emotional rollercoaster ride, which is beyond stressful. It’s demanding. It takes every ounce of energy, and when it doesn’t happen month after month, year after year, we question our womanhood. When we have to resign ourselves to alternative methods, artificial methods, it’s disheartening and overwhelming. I never thought I would be one of those women. Accepting the fact that I may remain childless has been the most difficult struggle, the biggest challenge I have ever faced. It felt much like grief, so this work is about the empty feeling and numbness that I felt as I was going through the grieving process.



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