Dark Matter, Value Added

This wood block was carved during a time in which Babiak was particularly concerned with the concept of fertility and the view of women in society, both fertile and infertile; specifically the different views of those two groups. The importance of fertility with regard to a woman’s sense of value to the world around her, whether she intends to bear children herself or not, is instilled in her from a young age and to be born incapable or rendered incapable of fulfilling this societal expectation can be a source of severe distress, and one not often discussed or even acknowledged. With this print, Babiak intended for people to pause and reflect on this idea. This print also knowingly nods to the German expressionist woodblocks of the early twentieth century, with a careful focus on the balance of black and white and the shapes used to create a carved image rather than simply line.