Regret: Portraits of Post-Abortive Women
As an artist, there is a moment when you must decide what you will say with your work. I thought long and hard about this decision and, in the spring of 2010, I chose “Regret”. Regret is series of portrait paintings of women who have had abortions and regret them. Each portrait is accompanied by a hand written letter from the woman explaining her decision and her regret. The project took three years to develop and in January of 2014, the very first advertisement for volunteers was submitted to the Silent-No-More Organization. It read:
“Artist seeks portrait candidates for series of paintings of women who regret having abortions. Women will be interviewed, photographed/filmed, and painted. Each painting will be accompanied by the handwritten story of the portrayed woman. This series is to inform against the media-driven “abortion fixes it” mentality. If interested, please contact the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org”
In one day, I had 33 responses. The project has grown since then and these galleries hold all their stories.
Would you like to be a candidate for this project?
Please fill out the preliminary interview below: