When Britney Poston contacted me about her interest in "Fetal", my heart filled to learn that a work of mine, which had been created from such a raw place for me, also greatly impacted another. (If you are interested in the backstory that explains my inspiration behind the original piece, be sure to check out "Fetal" blogpost.) Britney explained that the original piece drew her in and evoked emotion. She attested to a resonating familiarity with that vulnerable position from her own journey. Again, I am just so thrilled that the essence of that work stood out to her so well.
Since the original piece had already been sold, I presented Britney with the options: re-drawing the original or recreating the original with herself modeling for the scene. I was so ecstatic when she bravely chose the second option, and modeled for me for 4 hours on that couch! (Modeling for drawings/paintings is EXTREMELY brutal on the body, for those who have never experienced it. And Britney didnt even tell me until afterwards that she was laying on the shoulder that she had surgery on! She is one tough lady.)
With the freedom of recreating the original piece, we chose to make a few changes. First, we chose to place Britney on the opposite side of the couch, for lighting purposes and also to give this piece its own space. Secondly, the position Britney naturally chose for her arms was different than the first. The way her right arm wraps around her waist evokes a sort of implication about the vulnerability of her center, and its need for protection. The other arm seems a little more in the moment, ready to drink the last of the wine or having just set the glass down. There is an obvious pressure from the arm to the couch. Last major change was the choice for Britney's eyes to be open, which was her choice. The psychology of "awakeness" certainly contrasts with the obvious sleep of the last piece. For me it kind of peaks my interest, especially when considering her possible stream of thoughts.
I'd love to hear feedback on how this piece speaks to you personally, so feel free to comment on this post if it peaks your interest!
Thank you Britney for giving me a chance to revisit this heart work :)