Everyone comes with subjective and preconceived notions about women’s health, but very few possess a fully comprehensive, medical understanding of all the products and procedures that come with managing women’s health, their body, and family planning. By aiming to stitch every modern item related to women’s health, I’m hoping to objectively show how complicated the medical and physical needs of women are. I’ve discovered at art shows that when people are confronted with this plethora of objects, they are faced with the limitation of their knowledge regarding the practicality, physicality, or applicability of these objects. There begins a reconciliation between the person’s stereotyped beliefs and limited sex education and the reality of the objective, medical still lives and how they relate to women.
The objects I present are deeply personal and, unfortunately, politicized. There’s been tons of feminist art that presents the artist’s personal response and experience to these objects. That type of art is important. Except I’m interested in making intersectional art and being bipartisan in order to fully support women’s reproductive liberties. By stitching still lives, anyone is able to relate to the art and the object. Viewers have to consider the importance of the object from a medical perspective first, and then they relate it to the needs of women, which changes how the person perceive the objects’ morality. That’s a powerful moment in the cause’s favor. Women’s needs are different across race, age, regions, religion, sexuality, sexual activity, genetics, etc. I could have cross-stitched birth control pills and infused my experience in the art, but that would box out others. I’m interested in making art that is accessible to anyone, not just myself. As a result, I’ve seen strangers speak power to their own experiences and share them with strangers. It creates empathy and understanding in what is a hotly contested and divided human rights issue.