I always intended to show the cut or removed mothers with the book. My first thought was to use an 1960's feeding bottle that I had found but this seemed a bit obvious and clumsy...
The old powder compact seemed a better choice for several reasons. The similarity to the shape of a book being obvious but also the connection to the mother's role as precursor to the mirror for the developing child (D W Winnicott) but also as an artist constantly reflecting on what I do, see, think or feel. Thoughts of Alice in Wonderland and other dimensions also crossed my mind...so many connections.
I'm following my bliss.