Inspired by Bettina Judd’s poem, Betsey Invents the Speculum. Electric fired with decals.
Betsey invents the speculum fall 1845.
Introducing the bent handle of the spoon, I saw everything as no man had ever seen before from “The Story Of My Life” by J. Marion Sims. I have bent in other ways to open the body, make space. More pliable than pewter, my skin may be less giving. Great discoveries are made on cushion lessons and hard falls. Sims invents the speculum. I invent the wincing, the if-you-must of it, the looking away, the here of discovery.