Emily Rose Larsen
Impatiently Coping is a visualization of my ongoing experience in postpartum re-identification and search for personal value and fulfillment outside of my new role. Women are used to existing in an Orwellian world where we are taught that eyes are always upon us, whether they are judging, comparing, preying or lusting. This feels even more true now as I try to cope with an unfamiliar body, loss of autonomy, loss of any recognizable identity while all the time knowing that I will be judged most harshly as "Mother". Impatiently coping is designed to put the viewer at unease while enticing them to continue looking. Each image uses classic still life subjects and imagery in a way designed to make them unfamiliar and unsettling. The images do not strive to be pretty or perfect or romantic as is often the case in floral still life, but instead are loud, difficult and demanding to be seen in all their absurdity.
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