A collage of a naked woman, her front and backside mixed and matched, dominates the foreground of this print. Her image splayed in front of a cartoonish cityscape. Four photos on the right stretch vertically down the page, displaying each angle of her nude form. The bottom of the print is filled with text, noting the importance of the people women bring into the world.
From the Artist:
I had been asked to contribute a photograph to an exhibition that addressed the issue of whether or not women who were poor had a right to bear children in this country. Soon after, I saw an interview of Abbey Lincoln in the New York Times where she discussed her music. When asked why she wrote lyrics about women, she said "...women bring the people...". These words stuck with me. Having and raising babies is work, its labor that is not included in the economic statistics, in the gross national product in the growth measurements of the economy. It is labor that does not count and women who have babies are discounted as workers, as laborers who contribute to the economy, and as having full worth as a citizen of the society. They do the work that provides the workers. Nations rise and fall throughout history.
Visual artist and scholar Clarissa Sligh was born in Washington, DC. She earned a BS in mathematics and a BFA in visual arts from Hampton University, VA; an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and an MFA in...Read More ⟶