Kindertotentanz Etchings

Gallery 110, Seattle, Washington
April 2 – May 2, 2009

The Kindertotentanz etchings predate the paintings by a decade. Inspired and horrified by the experiences of pediatric residency training in a major children’s hospital – in particular, rotations within the Cancer wards and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Haughton began to make countless pen and ink drawings that were later expanded into a series of etchings printed at a local Community College.

Haughton writes: “The anger and helplessness I felt compelled me to begin the Kindertotentanz, an ongoing series of works that express my ambivalence with modern medicine. The title of my series melds the names of two Germanic works: totentanz and ‘Kindertotenleider’. Various images recur in the works: lizards, sperm, malignant beaky-birds, embryos, infants and, when I needed relief from depression, the white-washed chapels and icons from my Greek heritage”.