For South Dakota was just accepted into the International Museum of Women exhibition, ‘Imagining Equality’.
I created For South Dakota in response to the 2006 proposed ban on all abortions in the state of South Dakota. I heard the ruling through news media and went directly and immediately to my studio. I had just given birth to my fourth child and I was mired in work and diapers and sleepless nights. For me, the ban was so personal. The enforced act of giving birth against one’s will is untenable and a giant crime. I was so overcome by the magnitude of this potentiality that I had no words. I felt the violence of being silenced – the silencing of the body – and the only way to regain my voice was to create this work. Women must always have access to abortion. All women, across time and space.
Equality exists in the spaces between compassion, awareness and access and becomes reality when your body can live there.