8

8

Louise Nesbitt

"8" focuses on telling the story of abortion and women's rights in Ireland. As an artist originally from Belfast I have faced first-hand what Amnesty International have called a "human rights violation" in relation to women's health. The title "8" refers to the 8th amendment in the Irish constitution. The hanger is a representation of the many dangerous ways that women throughout history have tried to rid themselves of unwanted pregnancies, many of which can be fatal. The series of small faces are all different, in the way that all of the women affected by these unjust laws are different people with individual stories. No matter what a government that encourages a culture of shame may think, these women are not faceless and they must be heard. I chose the medium of embroidery as it is traditionally disregarded as a female craft so it's the perfect juxtaposition to discuss the reclamation of power.

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