I finished my "Threads of Resistance" piece just in time to submit it. I decided to call it "No Choice." I'm not exactly sure that the piece captures what I wanted it to say, but I decided I just needed to finish it. I can always make another piece , if I can figure out something that would work better. The artist statement may say it better than the artwork. It borrows a lot from my previous blog post about the piece:
"Women of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your coat hangers."
The disturbing imagery that this quote invokes for me has stuck with me since writing a paper on the Supreme Court Roe versus Wade trial for a Healthcare Law and Ethics course. The quote was from an earlier case in the Southern District of New York suit referred to as Abramowizc versus Lefkowitz. Coat hangers were and could be again a traditional tool for self-abortion.
The spiders web is intended to convey the sense of being trapped that I'd imagine someone needing an abortion might feel. Raising a child is such a huge undertaking that I can't imagine anyone going into it unwillingly. The question is not whether an abortion is good or not. The question is what is the lesser of two evils: an unsanitary, unskilled self-abortion or a very safe, sanitary physician assisted abortion.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.