Investment is an ongoing series of embroidered hospital gowns and photographic portraits. Tabitha has drawn on her own experience, and that of others, to explore the medical processes and personal beliefs surrounding infertility and its treatment.

This work, and Tabitha's story, were the subject of a feature in The Guardian in December 2014. You can read the article here.

The portraits were made in collaboration with Jon Barraclough.

 

 

 

Tabitha

2014

Giclée print onto Hahnemühle photo-rag paper

Jon Barraclough & Tabitha Moses

Tabitha and her husband began trying for a baby in 2009. A miscarriage in 2010 was followed by three years trying to conceive naturally with no success. This was probably due to Tabitha's age - tests show she has extremely low ovarian reserve. After two unsuccessful cycles of IVF using Tabitha's eggs she had a daughter using the eggs of an anonymous donor. Tabitha and her husband have two frozen embryos yet to be used.

 

 

Tabitha's Gown

2014

various threads, linen, cotton binding

 

Includes images of a mature egg, sperm, pregnancy test results, vials of drugs, a syringe, a thermometer, four embryos from unsuccessful IVF cycles, blood, fertility figurines, a baby figure, an acupuncture body map and tears.

 

 

Emma

2014

Giclée print onto Hahnemühle photo-rag paper

Jon Barraclough & Tabitha Moses

Emma was diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes after contracting Chlamydia several years ago. A subsequent ruptured ovarian cyst complicated matters further. Her left tube has been clipped and sealed during this, her first, cycle of IVF. Recovery from the operation was impeded by an infection which meant she was unable to attend the Investment photo shoot. Emma's subsequent frozen embryo transfer was a success and she is expecting her first baby in summer 2015. 

 

 

Emma's Gown

2014

various threads, linen, cotton binding

Includes images of Emma's grandmother, fallopian tubes, ovaries, symbols of four frozen embryos, Kokopelli (a god of fertility and music), a child's drawing of 'Emma and her baby', a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (symbol of Rome), a fertility pendant, vials of drugs, syringes and tears. 

 

 

Melanie

2014

Giclée print onto Hahnemühle photo-rag paper

Jon Barraclough & Tabitha Moses

Melanie's medical history includes a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy, which resulted in the removal of her right fallopian tube and highlighted that her left tube was twisted. The remaining tube was straightened out but it is unlikely that Melanie will conceive naturally. She was misdiagnosed as suffering from IBS in her early twenties when she first started to complain of lower abdominal pain, and subsequent scans revealed cysts on her ovaries. However the twisted tube was undetected. Her first cycle of IVF was a success and she has a two-year-old daughter. Two subsequent frozen embryo transfers were unsuccessful. Melanie and her husband are taking a break from fertility treatment for the time being.

 

 

Melanie's Gown

2014

various threads, linen, cotton binding

 Includes images of a blastocyst (a five-day-old embryo), symbols of seven frozen embryos, vials of drugs, a syringe, a progesterone pessary, an ectopic pregnancy, blood, inflamed fallopian tubes, pregnancy test results and tears. 

 

All portraits, installation shots and details by Jon Barraclough.

 

Investment is part of Tabitha's Liverpool Art Prize 2013 award.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of

Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and

a-n, The Artists Information Company.