We NEED to Mourn First…

Why do you seem so callous when you ask an infertile woman,"What about Adoption?"If you want to remain friends, do NOT ask your friend this question....Theresa Hartman eloquently responds to so many people who think once we lose our dream as a biological Mother, we...

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Struggling With My Purpose

My heart bursts when I read a note like this one, from one who prefers to remain anonymous. So many women struggle with infertility, which makes us struggle with our purpose in life. How could hundreds, if not thousands of females before us have the ability to create...

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Medical Issues with Infertility; Bowel Obstructions

Hi Robbi, My husband and I have just spent a week at this place called Clear Passage for treatment for surgical adhesion's that have caused intermittent bowel obstructions and pain for years. The moment we started treatment you have been on my mind because they...

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Show Up for Those Around You

Robbi Hello you, thank you for sending me the link to the sneak preview I cannot tell you the emotions that I feel knowing I am part of your circle.  As for the preview what a message this is going touch or connect with those who know you and see this.  You have...

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Touchingly Vulnerable, Compelling, Intimate

You are amazing, Robbi - very powerful and authentic, clear and determined as to the need for The Empty Womb yet touchingly vulnerable, compelling and intimate. Thanks for sending it my way. Can’t wait to see the film. Bill Miller Chairman and Treasurer of the...

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“Miscarriage is devastating…”

Hi Robbi, Thank you for sending.  What you are doing is important, because I think a lot of people don't understand the huge significance of these issues for women. In particular, I don't think a lot of people understand how incredibly devastating a miscarriage is. ...

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My Humble Thanks to the FilmMakers

Dearest Ladies, I am beyond moved by the skill, talent, love and brilliance you all have committed to this project, The Empty Womb documentary film. I am beyond moved. Deeply humbled. Deeply honored. I know that this has occurred as a result of not only Betsy Chasse's...

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Pain “Experienced Quietly & Shamefully”

Dear Robbi, ...Your work is going to be a landmark for women everywhere. It is recognition of the loss and pain that they have had to bear alone.  As a psychotherapist and a woman who miscarried on my second pregnancy, I deeply feel the pain that so many have...

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Like Chicago’s, “The Dinner Party”

Dear Robbi,   "...the thank you goes to you for the invitation to see your installation in progress.  It was generous of you to share, and your openness and vulnerability in sharing is noted and commended.  You are telling a powerful story and I think you will find,...

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“A Leave Taking;” Mourning Stillbirth

Hi Robbi, I want to thank you again for opening your exhibit and yourself to me and my fellow Committee members.  Seeing, hearing and experiencing your heart’s work continues to have a powerful, lingering effect.  Here is the poem I mentioned finding a very long time...

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She Outlived Them All

Hi Robbi, Congratulations on your fabulous opening and much success with finding yourself with a waiting list of museums eagerly anticipating their turn to show it's penetrating story. I have long been saving some pieces of tatting for just the right moment/person....

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Lost My Only Child

HI Robbi, This is close to my heart, since I lost my only child to a rare illness when she was 3 years old. I put my grief into action for the past 16 years with gardening, setting up a Children's Fund in her name and now working as a Special Ed. teacher for SFPS. The...

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National Museum for Women in the Arts; President Speaks

Dear Robbi, I would like to thank you on behalf of the members of our Board who attended your moving presentation yesterday. You are a testament to the power of transforming  personal pain and loss into a benefit for the greater good. While continuing to think of ways...

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National Museum for Women in the Arts, President

Dear Robbi, I would like to thank you on behalf of the members of our Board who attended your moving presentation yesterday. You are a testament to the power of transforming  personal pain and loss into a benefit for the greater good. While continuing to think of ways...

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Uncharted-Yet Widely Shared Territory

Dear Robbi –   I wanted to properly thank you for the opportunity and the privilege you gave us today to view your installation.   I can honestly say I’ve never experienced an art installation that was so personal or so moving. The journey that you describe, that both...

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Distinction between Art, and High Art

Hello, Robbi…. My name is Kendall Currier…. Thank you again for the incredible, life-changing experience of seeing "The Empty Womb"  … The first impression … was of serenity …. My favorite piece in the show was a quilt made out of bloody swabs…a shivers and deep...

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Telling a Powerful Story

"Dear Robbi,   ...Thank you... for the invitation to see your installation in progress.  It was generous of you to share, and your openness and vulnerability in sharing is noted and commended.  You are telling a powerful story and I think you will find, like The...

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Cyndi Conn; Executive Director, Creative Santa Fe

Robbi, Your work is courageous, thoughtful, painstaking, and heartfelt. I am humbled by your vulnerability and passion. I must admit I was rendered a bit speechless by the raw passion and pain of all you have experienced as well as the scope of the project and its...

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The Woman Who Cannot

Another gift from a dear friend, Maggie Hanley.... The Woman Who Cannot Related Poem Content Details By Unknown Translated by Miller Oberman The woman who cannot bring forth her child: go to a dead man’s grave and then step three times over the grave, and then say...

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Will I Ever Get Over Not Having Children?

My beautiful friend @RobbieMoore just sent me this eloquent article by Jody Day. I feel moved not only by the writing, but by the profound love my friends have for me as we support one another on our journeys; She, as mother. Me as Childless. It begins like this......

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Heartfelt, Repulsive, Loving Objects

MS Robbi You have no idea how much I enjoyed seeing your journey. What forethought - for example - to have seen a baby blanket of blood soaked cotton alcohol swabs during a time of such joy (the beginning of your IVF jouney)... To me, during my journey, and I say mine...

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Invisible Pain and Frustration

Dearest Robbi.... What a touching revelation of your journey. Thank you for creating magnificent art that gives "voice" to your experience. And what a powerful window into the invisible pain and frustration of so many women. You are truly a blessing! Cheering for you...

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Powerful, Artistic Healing Experience

Dear Robbi, Thank you for allowing us to share in your moving/powerful artistic, healing experience. It takes determined inner strength to lay it on the line like you have done. All I can say is BRAVA, dear Robbi, BRAVA! William A. Miller, Chairman and Treasurer of...

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Adventure Just Begun

Yesterday we wrapped up our last days of shooting with #BetsyChasse for #TheEmptyWomb film project. Inspiring, loving, compassionate, fierce, talented, motivated, capable, beautiful and luscious women; all working together to speak Truths around the grievances which...

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The Hysterectomy; Soul Ripped Away

This in response to my interview with Betsy Chasse yesterday...a wonderful woman from Olympia, WA.... When you spoke about how profound the hysterectomy had hit you it took me back ... A night long ago ... I was 45 ... Late ... Lying in a hospital room alone - my...

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Heart Wrenching

your project is insanely brilliant heart wrenching you are one tough chick talented insightful expressive I am proud to know you! Glynda Kramer Johannesberg, South Africa

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Four Generations Gifted

"My gift to "The Empty Womb" - mementos from my mothers . . . a handkerchief from my great grandmother, a card on paper from my grandmother, wrapped in paper from my mother. Healing my legacy of motherhood. Thank you Robbi Firestone for giving woman our voice about...

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Studio Tour; Tiny Unveiling

I'm showing 3 5 pieces of the installation #TheEmptyWomb for this and next weekends #SantaFeStudioTour....come by if you'd like a sneak peek...xoxxoxoRobbi

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Beauty in the Grief, Betsy Chasse

These beautiful words from internationally award winning Betsy Chasse, (Producer/Director/Writer of 30 feature films) about #TheEmptyWomb ... "Humans have been gifted with the opportunity to experience every aspect of feeling. And while we all love those moments of...

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Slow Down…

Dear Moms and Dads, I cannot even listen to more than 30 seconds of this song. Too painful. I hope those of you with children will slow down to be with them. There are too many of us who wish we could live in your shoes, and enjoy every second possible. Know you're...

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Cats and Editing

Betsy Chasse is currently working on editing the documentary for The Empty Womb and recently shared this photograph on her Instagram account with the following caption:  "What is it with cats and editing?! Working with the amazing @tinaimahara...

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Vulnerability; Embrace This Pain

Robbi, you are a totally amazing woman, and the work you have done is incredible. We so admire you courage, vulnerability and deep desire to express yourself through your art. This life is a hard journey for many and somehow we all have a cross to bear. You have...

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Katie Davis-Sayles | ARGUING WITH DEATH

I was honored recently to welcome installation artist Katie Davis-Sayles to see The Empty Womb in my studio. Not long after her visit I was thrilled to find an email from her about her thoughts regarding the installation.   “Hi Robbi, I just wanted to thank you for...

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POTENT AND VULNERABLE | NATURAL BABY PROS

“So potent and vulnerable. This is a subject that touches so many, so deeply. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul in this journey for the healing and inspiration of subject so rarely shared.” Blessings, Amy Saloner Natural Baby...

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Charlene Cerny | The Director’s Thoughts

The Empty Womb was recently visited by Charlene Cerny, who is the Director of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. A few hours after her visit she shared some thoughts with me regarding the installation. “Thank you, Robbi. Your work is so moving...

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SITTING IN THE DISCOMFORT | JOURNALIST ANASTASIA ALT

A young journalist named Anastasia Alt visited my studio recently, and she inspired me in profound ways. I also shared The Empty Womb with her, and she wrote this piece on her thoughts as she reflected on the installation. She advises us all to “Sit in the...

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The Empty Womb Mentioned In Parade Magazine

“...Local artist Robbi Firestone who also has a series of private galleries that include her astoundingly vivid portraits of Maasai tribe members and an installation called The Empty Womb which deals with her infertility issues. The small rooms contain everything from...

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