“I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity. I think that I’m creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be.”
Yale Daily News – For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse Ok, now I’m still not convinced 100% that this story is even true. It’s published in the Yale Daily News though and at least the Kansas City Star has published on it so I’ll go with it for now realizing it could very well be a hoax.
The situation is this. Apparently Yale Art Major Aliza Shvarts for her senior art project artificially inseminated herself as many times as she could over a nine month period. Then she used abortifacient drugs with each insemination to induce miscarriages. She videotaped her experience going through the process and this is her art project.
Certainly this is going to set the Prolifers off to no end. But I’d hope really that most human beings, both Pro Life and Pro Choice, would have a problem with this one.
Reproductive rights and the whole abortion debate is a really tough subject ethically to start with. But even if someone believes that a woman who ends up with an unwanted pregnancy has a right to terminate it, it’s one thing to have an accident and see abortion as the only way out of a bad situation, it’s quite another thing to purposely create life with the sole purpose of destroying it in the name of art over and over again.
Shvarts says that her a art was not made for “shock value” but rather is a legitimate exploration of the interaction between art and the human body. I think this is bullshit. I think she absolutely did this to create shock value.
I also wonder about the art advisor at Yale that would approve such an art project — if there even was one. If Aliza Shvart’s project was approved by Yale faculty, I’d also question their judgement with regards to this undertaking.
I love art. I make art every single day. Much of my life is dedicated to art. This is not art in my opinion. This is poison. As much as I’m sure that Shvarts pulled this PR stunt to get into the news and gain her 15 minutes of fame, I wonder what sort of long-term effects that this course of action will cause her.
I worry that for Shvart’s sake that there may be psychological consequences to go with her actions that she has no idea about yet.
I also worry that in a world where Pro Life people can take things far enough to murder doctors, that she might even be setting herself up to be murdered. This will enrage many people to no end.
Personally I think it’s sad. And I think she’s sick. And a big part of me really hopes that this article from the Yale Daily News really is one big hoax.
Update: More from Michelle Malkin here. More from the Washington Post here.
Update: Fox News is now reporting that Yale University claims that Shvart did not impregnate herself or induce miscarriages as part of this “art,” based on a statment made by Yale associate dean and vice president for public affairs Helaine S. Klasky:
“Her art project includes visual representations,” Klasky wrote. “[Schvarts] 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 wrote. “Had these acts been real they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.”