A vessel is an ancient form. It is often defined by what it is meant to contain; water, wine, precious oils, or human remains. This series started as an investigation of vessel shapes throughout history and cultures and became a study in color and form. Some are from my travels, some inherited, and others from pictures taken in a museum. The vessels reminded me of a question I asked my mother as a young child. I asked, “why are ships, airplanes and cars referred to as a she?” Her simple reply remains with me today; “because they hold life within.” The vessel is a metaphor for a female body- for the womb.