I made this work for Nomas* Projects, I was asked to investigate the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus, with particular focus on the biblical interpretation of events, and how my own experience as a mother affected that reading. Addressing the theme of The Incarnation, I researched historical interpretations of events, memories and written accounts; the role of translation and re-membering. Wholly Expletive is comprised of 5 ceramic vessels each telling a small part of a wider narrative around pregnancy and the birth of Jesus. Themes include teenage pregnancy; being the mother of a teenage girl; childbirth; and omnipresent notions of virginity and patriarchy. I stripped back the story of the nativity and left only the main characters as I saw it: Mary, Jesus and – like any good parent who wants to support her daughter – Mary’s own mother. Other than Jesus, the male characters of the narrative were deemed unimportant.