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"I am very selective of all objects that surround me. It's not often that I come across that which resonates with what I envision. But once in a while, I MUST own an object: My copy of leaves of grass; Irwin Glusker's moon calendar; FRIDA-Like dress; Crystal pendant.

I pick these carefully. I have NO energy, time or space to spare. What goes on my desk, walls or shelves matter as much to me as what goes into my body: Non-GMO; organic; grass-fed; Local whenever possible. 

I only claim a piece of art for myself on rare occasions. And, I hope you do the same. "Add to cart," and Art should not be trivial. Look at it. Do you need it? Go to the next. Breathe it in. Is that the one?

It might not be the right piece. It might not be the right time. But next time you are about to claim something for yourself, I hope you can find it here."

- Jennifer Cabral-Pierce

A lot of digging is taking place to find images for this collection. Very appropriate for someone that comes from the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Gold mining is our tradition.  Terra-brasilis will be an ongoing photo collection of images that until now, lived only as memories.

 

Most of these places are no longer there. At least, not like I captured it. Being an expat for almost 15 years, of a so-called emerging economy, makes you look at your own street, as if a vestige from an unknown civilization. No stone was left untouched: Houses became skyscrapers; Cobblestone streets became asphalt; Neighbor's faces are from now on, that of strangers.

TERRA-BRASILIS COLLECTION

 

It might no longer be there, but it will exist here.

editions will become available, As I dig new images. Gold mining, in a way.

 

MAIDENHEAD | COLLECTION

 

Maidenhead was founded in 1697. 310 years later, it would become my home. It is inevitable to capture corners, streets, trees and inhabitants around me. Even if only by accident.

This collection will include images taken in my surroundings. As Maidenhead (a.k.a Lawrenceville, NJ), becomes more familiar to me, the more I will gather. This place is growing in me. And so will this collection.

Keep the weekly energetic potential existent within each woman at sight.

VISUAL CONCEPTIVE

This is a minimalistic set of four photographs. Each image is my representation of a woman's weekly internal cycles.

A Limited Edition print series. Only 150 sets will be printed. They are delivered as four individual 8.5×11” prints custom printed and signed by me.


I dared to invite women to reconnect to themselves and their bodies - A challenge I was facing myself at the time.

I combined sound recordings, photographs, social media and downloads into an art project to convey a realization I was drawn to share:

"I believe our bodies follow moon cycles - a waning and waxing of emotions and potentiality we carry within ourselves. Like seeds."

 

The art project CONCEPTIVES is composed of four elements: ORAL conceptive, AUDIO conceptive, visual conceptive and #DAILYCONCEPTIVE.

 

Two years after it's release, this project is still pulsing. See it for yourself.


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AUDIO CONCEPTIVE explores sensations and impressions  experienced during my cycles and it's recorded in my own voice (Accent included).

"I combine adjectives, nouns and verbs to create a lexicon of potentials existent in each of the four phases of a woman's cycles. It's an evocation for women to become aware of these multiple parts within themselves and integrate them into their monthly, weekly and daily routines."

For an inside perspective on this recording read my blog post - "A recorded accent"



#DAILYCONCEPTIVE

This is the interactive element of CONCEPITVES. I put out an open invitation for women to share the stages of their own cycles as a group on pinterest and twitter. During a year, which corresponds to 13 new moons, or 13 cycles in a woman's life,  I shared words and icons that reflected my internal phases. I’ve now fulfilled my commitment. But I’m not done. I am still there. (13 moons was not enought !) This dialog is ongoing.

"To choose these words and images I have to maintain a continuous inquisition of where I am in my cycle, and by sharing them I invited other women to do the same. We started a weekly process of self-discovery, no matter where we were on our cycles, and because of social media, no matter where we were in the world." Come. Join us!

 

To find out why 13 moons was not long enough for this project. Read my blog post "13 moons".

ORAL CONCEPTIVE

ORAL CONCEPTIVE is a reminder of which 7-day-phase a woman is experiencing in her cycle. Each image describes a potentiality to be explored.

 

These phrases are to be pronounced as wishes, or weekly affirmations. Carry it in you, and with you.

and on your iphone, too. just click each image to download.

 

Where are you in your cycle? Here is a guide:

DAY 1 | INTUITIVE | Menstruation
DAY 7 | CREATIVE | Folicular Phase
DAY 14 | RECEPTIVE | Ovulation
DAY 21 | REFLEXIVE | Luteal Phase

As women, we have a chance to tap more easily into a part of ourselves each week - one that nourishes intuition, reflection, creativity or receptivity within us. With this artwork, I am attempting to remind us all of that.
— Jennifer Cabral-Pierce

FREE LOCKSCREENS & WALLPAPERS


Originally, these images were distributed as a small set of cards, inserted into birth control holders, that I’ve collected during the last 5 years I submitted my body to oral contraceptive consumption. It was an attempt to take control over my own cycles and reclaim each weekly phase my body didn't experience. I hope to raise awareness of what we, as women, might be loosing when we interfere with our natural hormonal cycles by absorbing artificial hormones via oral contraceptive consumption. More at my blog - "So, why did I conceive this?"

“By repurposing birth control holders I’ve accumulated over the years, I am taking control over my own cycles and reclaiming each phase my body is experiencing. At the same time, I hope to raise awareness of what we, as women, might be loosing when we interfere with our natural hormonal cycles by absorbing artificial hormones via oral contraceptive consumption."
- Jennifer Cabral
 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This self-discovery project wouldn’t have happened without the wisdom of three inspiring authors. I used their published work to guide me through my own feminine cycle awareness process. They are Christiane Northup, MD; Alisa Vitti and Sara Avant Stover.


BORDERLINE: A MANIFESTO

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Borderline is a group of images exploring topography and territoriality. It's a simple concept, tracing a line. But once it cuts through a body - human or earth-body - a roar emerges. This surging voice from the perspective of an individual, people or land is what is being explored as text - a sort of manifesto.

Once a line is drawn, what is owned, and what is not, becomes palpable; Belonging and longing merges, And a heightened peripheral vision is inevitable. A sensorial mapping and a scanning of our own surfaces takes place, as a question glides over it all: how could we possibly think individuals, people or land are ever contained by dotted lines.

In today's landscape where appropriation and zoning are used as solutions to an economic, political and social crisis, what becomes evident is the borderline disorder of governments. The U.S. border portrayed could be easily interchanged by the Turkish-Syrian border, Burmese-Bangladeshian border, Israeli-Gaza border, Spanish-Catalan border or the Brazillian-Venezuelan border where my own country of origin has lately been facing tensions.

A set of six silver-gelatin prints were the initial exploration. The writing on the glass frame is erasable, removable, impermanent, transient like borderlines eventually are. Although this work was generated in analog format, as a three-dimensional object, it easily translated into digital manifestations as shareable media files. These media files will be spread on my social media channels under hashtag #boderlinemanifesto.

MANIFESTO:

I am a vast territory, you will never own. You don't course through me, I course through you. Hear my voice. Sound travels over you. My birthplace has been written. I am a living document. I have my own identity so don't tell me what I am not. Beware of where you cut me through because you die when I die.

We are a vast territory, you will never own. You don't course through us, we course through you. Hear our voice. Sound travels over you. Our birthplace has been written. We are living documents. We have our own identity so don't tell us what we are not. Beware of where you cut us through because you die when we die.

This is a vast territory, you will never own. You don't course through it, it courses through you. Hear its voice. Sound travels over you. A birthplace has been written. There are living documents. It has it's own identity so don't tell it what it is not. Beware of where you cut it through because you die when it dies.

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ACTIVISM: #BORDERLINEMANIFESTO

Let a roar emerge. a surging voice of individuals, peoples or land. Take part in a small act of actvism and spread #borderlinemanifesto.

Here are some animated GIFs ready to download. Just share it throughout social media. Don't forget to insert the hashtag #borderlinemanifesto

 

borderline . noun

definitions:

a : situated at or near a border (a borderline town)

b : being in an intermediate position or state : not fully classifiable as one thing or its opposite (a borderline state between waking and sleeping)

c : not quite up to, typical of, or as severe as what is usual, standard, or expected (borderline intelligence; a borderline personality disorder)

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This last image in the series was part of the juried competition "Mercer County Photography 2017". The juror for this exhibit was Anita Allyn, an Associate Professor of Art at The College of New Jersey and an interdisciplinary artist whose works combine photography, video, animation and print.

The opening of this exhibition in October, 2017 at Silva Gallery in Pennington, NJ marked the release of this latest work.

 
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