Quick Search:


Kolaiti, Christina (2022) Inertia. 1 ed. Malton, Inprint

Other (Documentation: Poetry and photography book)
Inertia.pdf - Published Version

| Preview
Related URLs:


The early days of the post-birth experience have been described as the art of stillness, during which the female body slows down and sinks into stillness to respond to the infant’s need for the mother to be with them.

Frequent night awakenings to care for the newborn result in a kind of sleep inertia, where one exists in the transient state between sleep and awake. Such occurrences of stillness, sleeplessness and night-time solidarity provide a silent space for reflection and self-redefinition during the early days of motherhood.

This collection considers the transitional identity of the new mother as a symbolic form of inertia, which retains its state of rest in spite of being acted upon by external forces.

The complex dynamics of such forces become apparent in a series of visual artworks and poems. Placed side by side, words and images form a kind of curated dialogue, which just like mothers conversing with each other, unravels points of convergence and divergence in the breadth of maternal experience.

Item Type: Book
Status: Published
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
T Technology > TR Photography
T Technology > TR Photography > TR624-835 Applied photography (including artistic, commerical)
School/Department: School of the Arts
Institutes: Institute for Social Justice
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9422

University Staff: Request a correction | RaY Editors: Update this record