The inspiration for this series comes from the idea that we are all, literally and figuratively, connected to one another. Through portraiture of the navel (the literal connection to our mothers as well as the disconnection to become solely ourselves), I examine the similarities and differences of our connections. While everyone has one, the form of each bellybutton is unique: created by spontaneous actions, thoughtful decisions, gravitational pull, and time.
As both our connection and disconnection, the bellybutton shares another duality. Located upon one of the most vulnerable places of our bodies, the bellybutton is very intimate, but without the overt sexual connotations of genitalia. Whether and how we choose to reveal our bellybuttons depends greatly on our socio-cultural norms, the company we keep, our age, and our opinion of ourselves. While exposing our "soft underbelly" can be provocative, it can also be frightening, offensive, mundane, or silly. In this work, I chose to isolate the bellybutton to complement these dualities and to allow for appreciation of the variability of the forms as miniature landscapes.