Exploring the history and public debate of a private decision

Birth/Control explores the history and public debate surrounding what should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor.


Birth/Control features eleven signatures, each with an original poem and layered imagery of quotes, birth control methods and the female reproductive system. 




A sacred vessel.

A woman's womb, meant to bear

Babies for her God.


A pope, a prophet

Dressed in consecrated robes

From pulpit on high


Laying down the law,

Not interested in the

Real consequences.


Poverty and pain,

Risking the well-being of

Mother and baby.


Belief that ancient

Texts, apply to current truths

Without revision.


In between signatures are female silhouettes, not of the stereotypical sexualized form, but of real women, each as individual as the choices she makes.


Eleven original poems. Found and altered imagery. Archival inkjet printing on Rives BFK and laser printing on Strathmore Laser Vellum. Eleven signatures with decorative sleeves. 85 pages. Button-hole stitch binding in a custom slipcase. ©2014. Edition of 10.


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