I chose a more morally-centered argument, but a very important one: Should abortion be illegal or not?
For me, the answer is no. A very strong no. If a woman is raped, she has every right to abort that fetus. If a woman is forced to bear the child of her rapist, a man who has probably traumatized her for life, it is a much larger crime, as opposed to going against someone's religion. It is not ANY man's right to dictate what a woman can and can't do with her body. I could rant on, but I'm just gonna get to the art part!
Again, I started out with pink, red, yellow and orange ink-stained paper. The colors of the paper actually inspired the whole concept. Bright colors represent to me the boldness that this issue takes on, and the neon pink especially, represents the power that women must have, and take hold of to keep our bodies out of the hands of old male politicians.
But the assignment was make a collage! I hadn't made a collage in a while, and I just decided to jump in with whatever I thought of first. What did I think of first?
I printed out a labeled picture of a woman's reproductive organs, and that's self explanatory.
I found a pair of a woman's legs on the back of a magazine in a Project Runway add,and i thought that was just a cool touch to add to the "women are powerful" thing.
I then drew on little Leopard spots on the fist, because Leopard spots are fabulous and stereotypically "feminine", and I wanted to make the collage a bit more super-femme.
Over all of this, I glued on the word "Mine" three times. I downloaded the drippy font onto my computer, then made two of the "mine"s a light pink, while leaving one black. The one that was left black is purposely very bold. This was not meant to be a subtle piece.
The issue of abortion is still a very dark thing though, so with red and black Acrylic paint, I dabbed on the dark, bloody-looking combination in random spots and the edges to create a kind-of burned, maybe spray painted effect. The red also represents all the women who have had to get illegal, and very messy abortions in the past, and have tragically died for it.
Here's the finished product!
(A little pink from my phone's weird camera)