In 1973, by a vote of 7 to 2, the United States Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion. This groundbreaking legislation sought to define the “personal liberty” granted in the Fourteenth Amendment as inclusive of a woman’s right to end her pregnancy. Forty-nine years later, we are still debating the definition of liberty, as it pertains to women’s bodies.
The collection’s foundational graphic print was conceived in collaboration with mother/daughter artist duo, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Sophie Crumb, as an exclusive comic strip, documenting their abortion stories over a 53 year span. Complemented by historical imagery from the Scarlet Letter, spells written by underground witches in the 1600s, and a graphic depiction of the idealized female body, this collection seeks not to answer the question - but simply to ask it: Is the female body really liberated?