Freak of the Week: Abortion-as-Art?


A senior at Yale puts an art project on display next week documenting nine months of repeated artificial insemination paired with abortion-inducing drugs, the Yale Daily News reported.

If you’re not already yammying in your mouth, there’s more. The student, Aliza Shvarts, will include in her exhibition video recordings of the forced miscarriages and preserved collections of blood from the process.

And if you haven’t already figured it out, Shvarts’ intention with all this insanity is to “spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body,” the Yale Daily News reported. As you can well imagine, there’s already been a bit of a to-do about the installation; from students bitching from all ends of the abortion-stance spectrum that Shvarts’ project “does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion.”

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.

Like any other typical college senior hell-bent on being different and shocking, Shvarts denies her project was created for shock value; instead post-modernly waxing, “I hope it inspires some sort of discourse. Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it’s not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone.” Cute.

So what about the donors? Shvarts found some volunteers (this is college, after all!), requiring them to merely take STD tests periodically. She did not disclose how many donors she used; or how many times she inseminated herself. As for her numerous miscarriages: Shvarts expressed no concern regarding medical effects; and noted the abortifacient drugs were legal and herbal. Therefore, like any young thing, Shvarts didn’t deem it necessary to see any doctors about all the miscarriages.

6 Responses to “Freak of the Week: Abortion-as-Art?”

  1. 1 anonymous

    I canno believe the idiocracy of some people! This thing (I don’t consider her a human) should be commited ASAP! Don’t let her near anything that is living, she might destroy it in the name of art! There are bounderies moral and political. The real reason why she didn’t go to the doctor’s office was because she knew that what she was doing was wrong and probably didn’t want to hear a lecture about it. Of course there is a connection between humans and art…it’s called having a baby! And it is sacred. I agree that she is not only crossing moral bounderies (I am personally agains abortion, but legally I am pro-choice), but she is belittleing all those women that make that very difficult choice for a circumstantial reason. This is mass murder on a small scale, and she should (if she can be) tried as such! This is horrible! I cannot believe anyone would willingly get pregnant and then willingly undergo abortion multiple times! This is so horrific and sad…her body will probably pay the price in the future!

  2. 2 Dave

    No one is asking the obvious question. Having seen a picture of this human/creature, I’m not surprised she/it had to artificially inseminate herself/itself. We all know how easy it is to get men to perform the real deed, but could she/it not even accomplish that? The silver lining here is that perhaps men do have some standards. (This assumes the story is true and she/it did not simply film or preserve heavy periods). As for “her body” paying the price, have you seen a picture of “her”? Existence confined into that contraption is punishment alone.

  3. 3 suckthis

    This is the kind of “art” you get from ugly bitches with too much time and no talent or creativity.

  4. 4 Anonymous Yalie

    “Statement by Helaine S. Klasky — Yale University, Spokesperson

    New Haven, Conn. — April 17, 2008

    Ms. Shvarts is engaged in performance art. Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials. She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages. The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.
    She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art.
    Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns. (”

  5. 5 Hadley

    People will definitely gasp/hate me for this, but I think her idea is great and pretty interesting. I don’t think it’s insensitive to people who’ve had miscarriages. I think it highlights how horrible they are. My mother almost bled to death from a miscarriage, so I know they’re no petty thing. Her idea was wonderfully creative and very…thought-provoking.

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