Poster 29 March 2006

This print was made for Magic Lantern, an independent film series in Providence, RI.  The image is inspired by a time that my brother and I ran away from home into the woods when our parents left the house and we didn’t like our baby sitter. We brought toys, peanut butter, and a blanket, made a tent out of some brambles, and hung out until my parents came home.  This was a screening of films inspired by Childhood, thus this story seemed like a perfect inspiration for this poster.

No News is Good News

This is an early print collage from 2004/2005.  A woman with a bear head and a clock face reads crumpled over the morning news at a breakfast table on the middle of a hill.  This piece is about feeling isolated in a society which is crumbling within itself.  The original print  was made from a photograph of me reading the news shortly after September 11th and my continued dismay as President Bush used that tragedy as a way to further his agenda.  After I turned the photograph into a print, and Bush was granted a second term,  I exaggerated the feelings from the initial image through the use of collage. The addition of the clock face is an attempt to reference the passage of time.  The lack of numbers on the clock face is an attempt to demonstrate this feeling of a crumbling empire as somewhat timeless and cyclical.

Our Bodies, Our Rights

This is a one color linoleum block print.  Available for purchase here.

We can not afford to allow the extreme radical right wing define the discussion around a woman’s reproductive rights. Since the legalization of abortion and contraceptives, women have had to fight to maintain dignity around our reproductive health. We have faced endless attacks from the right wing, which have steadily been chipping away our access to health care through passing laws that limit our access to information and services we need. Some of the most destructive measures have been the abstinence only policies in schools, which has not limited young people having sex, but has meant that teens who are having sex are doing so without having access to contraceptives that will prevent pregnancy and disease. There has also been a huge stigmatization of abortion, which doesn’t decrease the demand for it, but only makes us less healthy in our relationship with our body.

There are a couple facts about abortion on here from the Guttmacher Institute:
“One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.”
“Sixty one percent of abortions are obtained by mothers.”

This poster is a list of demands that we want:
We need safe and healthy communities including an elimination of stereotype based services.
(We need) culturally competent providers who speak our languages.
(We need) HIV and STD and AIDS information and services .
We need drug and alcohol treatment services.
We need services for women who are incarcerated
And Reproductive health care coverage on all health plans.
We need access to reproductive services including birth control methods to meet our individual needs.
And an end to population control methods of coercive sterilization.
We need prenatal and postnatal care.
We also need safe and accessible and affordable abortion and contraceptive services.
And teen pregnancy services.
And comprehensive sex education beyond abstinence only.

(there are a few grammatical errors on this poster, just so you are aware!)

And also a call to arms for how we need to structure this discussion about our bodies:
“Reproductive Health is a Human Right.”

For Hannah Hoch

This image is an homage to German Dada artist Hannah Hoch.  She was the lone woman in the Dada Berlin Group. Her feminist work critiques the rise of the mass culture beauty industry that was booming in the early to mid 20th Century.  Much of my own collage work began through cutting up fashion magazines in my frustration towards the fashion industry’s commodification of women.   I like to think of this as a utopian vision where feminism and dada has succeeded in dismantling the unhealthy modern standards of the bourgeois and a celebratory dance party has commenced. 2011.

The Stage Is Ours

This is a linoleum and woodblock print collage.  2011.  One mouse lovingly sings to another.  The ground (or stage) below them is a crumbled world, while above them in the sky is the bright light of future possibility.  This is a collage inspired by the Buenaventura Durruti quote, “The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history.”