A Letter From Natascha
INFERTILITY & CREATIVE PRACTICE
My struggle to maintain creative practice during infertility treatments has shown me that while there is artist-led discussion about maintaining a creative practice— or living an artist’s life— after becoming a mother, there is very little support for artists who are trying to maintain a creative practice while struggling with infertility or intense hormone changes that do not come with a child.
This is a time when I feel I would especially benefit from community, story, and a kind of creative shakabuku. Not finding the resources I am searching for, in my communities or online, I’ve decided to create my own. A rebellious act of love and art in this time of uncertainty. Over the next year, I’ll be rolling out resources for artists and those living creatively who may not consider themselves “artists” who, like me, are struggling to maintain creative practice in the midst of big life changes. Life changes that send your heart, mind, hormones, and carefully constructed daily schedules careening like you’re riding a roller coaster.
These resources will take many forms, and may include workshops, online courses, podcasts, zines, emails, and calls. They will be inclusive and encompass many artistic perspectives and exercises.
In addition to this, I’ll be creating a Collective specifically for women artists (by "women artists" I mean all who identify as women and identify as artists) who are struggling with infertility and/or going through infertility treatments. This is a specific kind of gathering, a peaceful safe space for community, story, and the hard work of fertility and creation. I'm calling it the Neshama Collective.
Please email me at email@example.com if you’d like more information on the Collective or would like to be informed as resources are being introduced.
About Natascha Dea
Natascha Dea is an American photographer whose photographs intersect fashion and art in a captivating exploration of sensuality and erotic femininity.
Natascha was born in Germany, calls New York City home, and splits her time between Venice Beach and Chicago, where she currently lives with her family. She is available for editorial, commercial, and personal portrait commissions and travels. Her work can be found hanging in private collections in four countries, has been published internationally on LENSCRATCH and L'Oeil de la Photographie, and is featured on The Quiet Front. Duncan Miller Gallery recently featured Natascha's black and white work for sale on their special project Your Daily Photograph as Emerging and Classic photography. Her first monograph, Waiting, a series of photographs she made during two rounds of IVF is being published by FortyTwo Women Press and will be in bookstores April 24th, 2018. Her second monograph, Natascha Dea's Women, will be published by FortyTwo Women Press on October 9th, 2018.
Natascha is a vocal advocate for equality, reproductive rights and justice, and better access to reproductive and infertility healthcare for all.
She is currently preparing for her ninth round of fertility treatments.