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Adinda van 't Klooster: Still Born


Content warning: the text below contain personal responses to stillbirth which may be upsetting for some

Artist Adinda van t' Klooster gave birth to a stillborn daughter, Elvira Elina in 2010.  Since then she has been making artwork about and informed by this experience.  Her new book Still Born combines a personal selection of this artwork alongside responses by eight poets, her own narrative and text by stillbirth specialist and obstetrician Alexander Heazell of tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at the University of Manchester.

The poems have been written in direct response to the artwork and engage with the central theme of loss.  Some of the poets have their own personal experience of stillbirth, miscarriage or death of a baby later in life and some have witnessed the pain of stillbirth in others.  The poets are Roger Bloor, Christine Bousfield, Jennie Farley, Rebecca Goss, Sarah James, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Claire Potter and Wendy Pratt.

Selected artworks from the book will be on display from 20 March to 21 April.

Artist information
Dr. Adinda van ‘t Klooster is an artist who works with drawing, sound, light, animation, sculpture and interactive audiovisual performance and installation. Her work has been exhibited, performed and screened in China, the USA, Australia, Slovenia, Spain, Scotland, the Netherlands, England, Norway and Ireland. Her research interests include emotion aware artworks, biofeedback art, aesthetic experience, sound art, interactive art and graphical scores. She has been involved in multiple interdisciplinary projects that explore the links between music and art. Her work has received many awards and has been commissioned throughout the UK. 



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