They Leave Us No Choice
Labor Day strikes a visceral chord today.
Labor comes in so many forms- but this year the labor of birthing people is where my mind lies.
Texas’s law SB8 basically bans abortion there.
They leaves us no choice.
The supporters of this bill leave us no choice in our autonomy, our futures, our finances, our family planning, our careers, our relationships.
They also leave us no choice but to protest every fucking day, to un-gerrymander our state houses of govt, to vote out extremists, to create a national fabric of supporters of pregnant ppl who don’t want to be, to finance abortion orgs, to take back our autonomy. They leave us no choice but to FULLY step into our power- as individuals, as feminists, as allies, as communities.
They Leave Us No Choice, commissioned by opositivefest at ywcaulster, is my response to SB8, to the perpetual oppression of non-male bodies.
“Empower Women, Eliminate Racism” is the Y’s creed. I couldn’t have chosen a more aligned space to create (I think) my first figurative mural in nearly a decade. Their director is a powerhouse of a womxn. lindseyawolkowicz the artistic director of opositivefest busted her ass to pair us, to feed me, to facilitate a 48 hr turn around on this piece- after I showed up not even knowing what I was going to paint. (If you know me, you know that’s insane). I felt fully supported making this work. Thank you Lindsey.
This piece is a powerhouse just like the womxn inside this building, the womxn who facilitated its creation. She is strong, feminine, rising, autonomous, and holding up a whole damn house. It’s a subtle, but massive shift away from my typical mural work. She marks a significant transition in my practice as I begin my MFA Risd1877, and expect my approach to be completely upended.
Let’s upend some other shit- like the religious choke hold our nation allows on our individual rights, our bodies, our futures. Fuck white religious patriarchal values. Also fuck the Supreme Court.
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