Mother’s Right Swatches, 2015

swatch of hand silk screened fabric

15.5 x 15.5 cm

(various colours available, please specify the colour in the notes at the checkout)

This work is part of the Mother’s Right installation by Michelle Hartney

10 in stock


This is a piece of hand silk-screened fabric that was used to make 1,200 hospital gowns for the MOTHER’S RIGHT installation and performance piece by Michelle Hartney. The print was made from a drawing of a poppy flower, the plant derivative of morphine, which was on laboring women, along with scopolamine, during twilight sleep until it was deemed unsafe in the 1960’s.

This limited edition piece will come in a 6 x 6 x .75 inch white wooden frame with a medium gloss white finish. Each piece is signed, dated, and numbered. Edition of 10.

Artist’s bio:

Michelle Hartney (b. 1978, Chicago) graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a masters in art therapy. Her work addresses a broad range of topics, from women’s rights, maternal healthcare issues, and sexism in the art world. Her practice includes utilizing fiber, wood, found objects, installation, guerilla protests in museums, community based interactive performance, and the internet. In 2016 Hartney founded the Women’s Health Collective, an artist collective dedicated to utilizing creative approaches to raise awareness about women’s health issues by linking artists, designers, writers, musicians, healthcare providers, and activists to work collaboratively on socially engaged, community based projects.

Additional information
Weight 100 g
Dimensions 15.5 × 2 × 15.5 cm


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