Abortion as senior art thesis

For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse
Yale Daily News
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Art major Aliza Shvarts ’08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

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The display of Schvarts’ project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts’ self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.

Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

EDIT by Jacon: This may or may not be true.

32 thoughts on “Abortion as senior art thesis

  1. Drew

    I am very pro choice, but pro choice does not mean pro reckless overuse of abortion. Pretty gross, and hopefully not true.

  2. Drew

    I am very pro choice, but pro choice does not mean pro reckless overuse of abortion. Pretty gross, and hopefully not true.

  3. Anonymous

    wow anon 1:07 am, so you believe self-expression should really just be exercised willy-nilly, out of principle? of course societal boundaries will be set on it. maybe I want to express myself by randomly kicking asses and shooting off my gun in public? there are certainly times when the powers that be excessively limit self-expression, but a happy balance needs to be struck in any society between authoritarianism and anarchism. jeez, what crack social theorist are you following?

  4. Anonymous

    wow anon 1:07 am, so you believe self-expression should really just be exercised willy-nilly, out of principle? of course societal boundaries will be set on it. maybe I want to express myself by randomly kicking asses and shooting off my gun in public? there are certainly times when the powers that be excessively limit self-expression, but a happy balance needs to be struck in any society between authoritarianism and anarchism. jeez, what crack social theorist are you following?

  5. Anonymous

    My favorite thing was from Jacon’s link:”Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards” WHICH MAKES HER IN THE WRONG, RIGHT? Wrong.Society does not actually believe in self-expression unless they can set boundaries on it. Period.

  6. Anonymous

    My favorite thing was from Jacon’s link:

    “Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards” WHICH MAKES HER IN THE WRONG, RIGHT? Wrong.

    Society does not actually believe in self-expression unless they can set boundaries on it. Period.

  7. Brandi

    Her fellow Yale senior art majors either love her for the publicity that it’ll bring to the show or hate her for overshadowing everyone else in the show.I wonder what the breakdown on that is…

  8. Brandi

    Her fellow Yale senior art majors either love her for the publicity that it’ll bring to the show or hate her for overshadowing everyone else in the show.

    I wonder what the breakdown on that is…

  9. Brandi

    Oh, nevermind, it looks like the entire world got punk’d.See here:http://www.yale.edu/opa/I hope she’s tight with campus security and the New Haven PD, because she’s going to need them for, at the very least, a few days.Very poor decision making.

  10. Brandi

    Oh, nevermind, it looks like the entire world got punk’d.

    See here:
    http://www.yale.edu/opa/

    I hope she’s tight with campus security and the New Haven PD, because she’s going to need them for, at the very least, a few days.

    Very poor decision making.

  11. Mad Joy

    This sickens me :/
    “Her body” is debatable… but I won’t get into that now, I guess.

  12. Anonymous

    Delightful.Even if this is a case of shenanigans, it’s a daring concept and intelligent(ly provocative) realization. Her Body, Her fantastic, statement-making, righteous business.

  13. Anonymous

    Delightful.
    Even if this is a case of shenanigans, it’s a daring concept and intelligent(ly provocative) realization.

    Her Body, Her fantastic, statement-making, righteous business.

  14. Brandi

    While it is a wingnut propaganda site, I think that specific piece is pretty much in line with what skeptics right, left and center are saying about the ridiculousness of this stunt.

  15. Brandi

    While it is a wingnut propaganda site, I think that specific piece is pretty much in line with what skeptics right, left and center are saying about the ridiculousness of this stunt.

  16. Brandi

    I also posted this on The House and, while I haven’t written this, the more I read about her project on various blogs and based on the following comment from IvyGate, I call shenanigans.artstudent08 says:P.S. From what I understood of the project in class, she never knew if she was pregnant or not before taking whatever it was that she took. Although, the process was designed as to make pregnancy possible. She injected the sperm into her vagina no more than 30 minutes after the sperm had been given…so as to make sure that it was viable. She also injected the sperm on the days of her cycle where she was most likely to get pregnant. And then she took the pill right before her period.I don’t know what she was thinking, but her reasoning is that because she never knew for sure that she was pregnant and took the abortificient anyways that it was not abortion.Either way, this has definitely exceeded my weekly dose of WTF?!

  17. Brandi

    I also posted this on The House and, while I haven’t written this, the more I read about her project on various blogs and based on the following comment from IvyGate, I call shenanigans.

    artstudent08 says:

    P.S. From what I understood of the project in class, she never knew if she was pregnant or not before taking whatever it was that she took. Although, the process was designed as to make pregnancy possible. She injected the sperm into her vagina no more than 30 minutes after the sperm had been given…so as to make sure that it was viable. She also injected the sperm on the days of her cycle where she was most likely to get pregnant. And then she took the pill right before her period.

    I don’t know what she was thinking, but her reasoning is that because she never knew for sure that she was pregnant and took the abortificient anyways that it was not abortion.

    Either way, this has definitely exceeded my weekly dose of WTF?!

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