When I was going in for a D&C (dilatation and curettage procedure to remove retained tissue after a miscarriage) I brought my camera as a way to calm and distract myself from the procedure. My husband and I had been pregnant and the fetus had died. We are at the age where we need help to get pregnant. Like many couples today, we have focused on our careers until suddenly, we are on the edge of not being able to conceive. A Work in Progress is a meditation and a calming reprieve from the medical procedures that have become a rhythmic presence in my life. Ongoing visits to medical facilities create intimate spaces of waiting, wherein the stage is not only in the doctor’s office but in the spaces before and after, including garages, lobbies, bedrooms, and outdoor areas. Taken from the visual perspective of the patient, this project is at once a kind of ritual to cope with a traumatic process, a document of the continuous struggle of a couple trying to create a child, and a contemplation on medicine and family values in the Western world.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Beth Chucker (Los Angeles, CA) received BFAs from The Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Art Center College of Design as well as an MFA from International Center of Photography-Bard in NYC. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at the ICP/Bard Graduate Studios (Long Island City, NY) and at Gallery West (Alexandria, VA). Her photographs have been exhibited in group exhibitions at compactspace (Los Angeles, CA), the School at ICP (NYC), and Fraiser Gallery (Georgetown, DC), among others. Curatorial endeavors include Finding Family at Icon Projects and Sweet People II at The Factory (both in Los Angeles, CA). Her work has been published in Colors Lab and Flak Photo, among others. Chucker teaches photography and works as a freelance photographer.