The artwork “fausse couche” (Miscarriage) from the collection “Amour” (love), created by Eugénie Bérubé, is an artistic expression based on a personal experience lived by the artist. After an unplanned pregnancy, the young artist experienced the paradox of sadness and grief over the loss of the child, while also feeling relieved to no longer have to deal with the anxiety of becoming a mother at such a young age.
The artwork uses vibrant colors, with yellow being dominant, symbolizing perhaps light, joy, or even the confusion that can arise from this complex situation. Red strokes may represent the blood associated with the loss of a pregnancy, while the legs of the character are depicted in a position reminiscent of childbirth. Yet, the face of the character seems frozen, devoid of clear emotions. It appears to not know what emotion to feel, reflecting the complexity and confusion that can accompany a miscarriage.
The artwork expresses the contrasting and complex emotions of the artist in the face of this personal experience. It can also provoke reflection on the issues of motherhood, parenthood, and perinatal grief, as well as the emotional challenges that women face in such situations.
The creation of this artwork demonstrates how art can be used as a means of sharing and expressing deep personal experiences, and how the artist has used her talent to transform her lived experience into a meaningful work of art. “Miscarriage” showcases the power of art to address sensitive topics and evoke reflection and empathy in the viewer.