Book Release: Birth/Control

January 27, 2015

Today I am proud to share with you a new artist book, Birth/Control.

 

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. 

 

SACRED

 

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.

 

The locket, which usually would hold photos of one's children, instead holds the title and alludes to the clamshell design of birth control pill packets.

 

I've had a wonderful response so far to Birth/Control with comments about the beautiful design elements as well as the rich content. I'll be showing the work at Codex beginning February 8th, 2015. For more images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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