Women’s Rights - A Woman is Master of Her Womb, 2017
Patchwork, with hand and machine embroidery
25 x 26cm
The piece ‘Women’s Rights - A Woman is Master of her Womb’, expresses my concern over the recent erosion of women’s reproductive rights in the USA, and globally. The womb, sanctified by religion, has become a political battleground. However, every woman should have the right to make a personal choice over contraception and abortion. The words take inspiration from the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom, which states: ‘we are always mistress of what we carry in our womb’. The piece is made from recycled woollen blankets and features the patchwork design known as Granny’s Garden, due to their familial, homely association.