Janice Thwaites

Visual Artist

Angels and Mechanics - 1996

'In The System' - By Janice Thwaites
In The System

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'Sperm Bank' - By Janice Thwaites
Sperm Bank

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'The Egg Machine' - By Janice Thwaites
The Egg Machine

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Angels and Mechanics, curated by Deborah Law and Sandra Peaty, was a touring exhibition featuring forty artists. The content was about fertility in the twenty first century. This exhibition was a perfect platform for my work at this time, which was based on the interference on women, from conception to childbirth. Most of the pieces were three dimensional.

Research led me to interview scientists experimenting with human embryos, IVF treatments, sperm and egg donator’s, surrogate mothers, and the legal intricacies concerning the “rights” of frozen fertile embryos, and the ethics surrounding all of these procedures. I experienced feelings of compassion, despair, and anger. The work produced reflect some of my feelings. “Women and Medical Science, from Conception to Childbirth” was the subject of my dissertation in 1995.

The Angels and Mechanics Exhibition was shown at, The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith 1996. London. South Hill Park, Bracknell 1996. Tullie House, Carlisle 1997. Oriel Gallery, Clwydd, Mold, Wales 1997.


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