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Title: The Exquisite Uterus Project: The Art of Resistance Posted here are images of completed and/or in progress Uterii that are a part of the now traveling EUP: Art of Resistance Exhibition. The project was initiated in the spring of 2012 in reaction to the most current ‘War on Women.’ Artists and educators Alison Gates and Helen Klebesadel decided to offer feminists the opportunity to participate in this collaborative art project to channel some of the rage we were experiencing at the attacks on women’s reproductive health in this political environment, and to raise funds for women's reproductive health organizations. The response has been overwhelming. Plans are underway to create a fundraising catalog and to make it possible for others to participate in the digital part of this project. In the meantime you can find the fabric to participate here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1080580 The original exhibition's path (Future venues in the works): Union Art Gallery, UW-Milwaukee, September 2013 Armory Gallery, UW-Madison, March 2013, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, January 2013 Steinhilber Art Gallery, UW-Oshkosh, September 2012

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Red Lodge MT Group
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Here is my submission for the Exquisite Uterus Project, an exhibit focusing on the current 'war against women'. I call it, "Interior Decorating". :) (artwork by Mel Kolstad) Collaborative Art Projects, Riot Grrrl, Textiles, Art For Sale, Creative Art, Fiber Art, Special Events, Needlework, Art Gallery

Here is my submission for the Exquisite Uterus Project, an exhibit focusing on the current 'war against women'. I call it, "Interior Decorating". :)

"Light" by Roze Braunstein from Austin, TX Collaborative Art Projects, Mixed Media Artwork, Austin Tx, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Art Gallery, Fine Art, Board, Poster, Women

fine art and reclaimed sterling silver jewelry

"Light" by Roze Braunstein from Austin, TX

"Nora's Placenta" by Aron Meudt-Thering from Acova, WI Collaborative Art Projects, Mixed Media Artwork, Doula, Board, Planks

"Nora's Placenta" by Aron Meudt-Thering from Acova, WI

"Interior Gifts and Other Acts of Love" by Angela Sweigart-Gallagher from Chicago, IL Collaborative Art Projects, Acts Of Love, Mixed Media Artwork, Fundraising, Art Gallery, Chicago, Board, Interior, Artist

"Interior Gifts and Other Acts of Love" by Angela Sweigart-Gallagher from Chicago, IL

"You want to touch it, but you can't" by Carie Musick from Kansas City, MO Collaborative Art Projects, Mixed Media Artwork, Kansas City, Art Gallery, Textiles, Touch, Mood, Artist, Image

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"You want to touch it, but you can't" by Carie Musick from Kansas City, MO

UK artist Camila Sitarama Carlow sculpted human organs out of wild plants in her sculpture series "Eye Heart Spleen". Prints can be ordered on her website. Tinta Natural, Art Et Nature, Instalation Art, Anatomy Art, Human Anatomy, Divine Feminine, Sacred Feminine, Human Body, Arts And Crafts

Camila Carlow - she makes all kinds of organs from plants, I'm just pinning her uterus for inspiration!

Merle Margolis of Madison, Wisconsin created 'Fearfully and Wonderfully Made' an exquisite uterus that is based on Psalm 139 and is a celebration of creation. Collaborative Art Projects, Madison Wisconsin, Psalm 139, String Art, Jay, Anatomy, Erotic, Celebration, Hearts

Merle Margolis of Madison, Wisconsin created 'Fearfully and Wonderfully Made' an exquisite uterus that is based on Psalm 139 and is a celebration of creation.

Red Lodge MT Group

The Montana Red Lodge Art of Resistance league held an activist evening in June 2012 to hear speakers from Planned Parenthood, register people to vote, and offered wine, food, and canvas uteruses to those who would like to learn about the issues, and decorate their own uterus.  Professional artists  were on hand to assist and encourage participants creative process.  We thank them for using this project to share information about the issues! Collaborative Art Projects, Red Lodge, Wine Food, Speakers, Fundraising, Montana, Encouragement, June, Artists

The Montana Red Lodge Art of Resistance league held an activist evening in June 2012 to hear speakers from Planned Parenthood, register people to vote, and offered wine, food, and canvas uteruses to those who would like to learn about the issues, and decorate their own uterus. Professional artists were on hand to assist and encourage participants creative process. We thank them for using this project to share information about the issues!

Installation shots

Installation in progress for the Chicago, Woman Made Gallery exhibition of the Exquisite Uterus Project. Opening Reception Friday January (join us! On display until February Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Health Organizations, Feminist Art, Raise Funds, Art History, Fundraising, 18th, February

The work of talented women artists on display

Installation in progress for the Chicago, Woman Made Gallery exhibition of the Exquisite Uterus Project. Opening Reception 6-9, Friday January 18th (join us!). On display until February 17, 2013. A special 'thanks' to Karen Herzenberg for the photo and to Deb Flagel for designing and installing the exhibition. And, of course, another special 'thanks' to Woman Made Gallery for hosting the EU Project!

Another view of the apron created by Theresa McNeil, Mary Sanderson and Sara Williams all of Madison, WI. Sara and Mary are shown here. (Sara and Mary are both members of the Raging Grannies of Madison). Mary Sanderson, Collaborative Art Projects, Getting Old, Rage, Apron, Cook, Board, Modern, Kitchen

The Raging Grannies of Madison

Another view of the apron created by Theresa McNeil, Mary Sanderson and Sara Williams all of Madison, WI. Sara and Mary are shown here. (Sara and Mary are both members of the Raging Grannies of Madison).

The Exquisite Uterus Project on display at UW-Oshkosh. Thanks to gallery director Emmet Sandberg for all his support. Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Art Gallery, Display, Board, Floor Space, Art Museum, Billboard, Planks

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The Exquisite Uterus Project on display at UW-Oshkosh. Thanks to gallery director Emmet Sandberg for all his support.

With text

Artist Lisa Sikorski of Brooklyn, NY is sent us this wonderful uterus, 'I sing the body Electric.'  She share  two quotes  "This is bath of birth- This is the merger of small and large, and the outlet out again.  Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the exit of the rest,  You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul."  ~ Walt Whitman      "I celebrate the me yet to come.  I toast to my own reunion, when I become one with the sun." ~Wade Lassiter, Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Walt Whitman, Body Electric, Raise Funds, Yet To Come, Gates, Fundraising, Birth

Artist Lisa Sikorski of Brooklyn, NY is sent us this wonderful uterus, 'I sing the body Electric.' She share two quotes "This is bath of birth- This is the merger of small and large, and the outlet out again. Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the exit of the rest, You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul." ~ Walt Whitman "I celebrate the me yet to come. I toast to my own reunion, when I become one with the sun." ~Wade Lassiter,

The Exquisite Uterus Art of Resistance Project was Initiated in the spring of 2012 in reaction to the most current ‘War on Women' and the need continues. Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Lubbock Tx, Health Organizations, Cyanotype, Mixed Media Artwork, Feminist Art, Early American, Equality

Carol Flueckiger

Feminist artist Carol Flueckiger of Lubbock, TX shares this piece we call 'Emancipation.' Carol explains her process here: "Cyanotype on printed square. Text is from 19th century broadside calling for dress reform. Early American feminist/reformers/abolitionists were discussing how their clothes affected their ideas about equality and democracy." Thank you!

My own Bayeux Tapestry inspired Uterus . It says, in pidgin Latin : "Do not allow the bastards to grind you down." A nod to both Margaret Atwood's A Handmaidens Tale but also, a speculation on the Holy Grail and . Well, Monty Python too! Bayeux Tapestry, Collaborative Art Projects, Creative Writing Prompts, Margaret Atwood, Feminist Art, Fundraising, Needlework, Art Gallery, Monty Python

My own Bayeux Tapestry inspired Uterus . It says, in pidgin Latin : "Do not allow the bastards to grind you down." A nod to both Margaret Atwood's A Handmaidens Tale but also, a speculation on the Holy Grail and ... Well, Monty Python too!

Alicia deBlaey Vadge of Honor: dye stitch (yep that is shisha mirror technique with a dollar and a dime) appliqué and . Another fine alumnae of the UWGB Textiles studio! Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Puff Paint, Raise Funds, Fundraising, Applique, Students, Textiles, Stitch

Alicia deBlaey Vadge of Honor: dye stitch (yep that is shisha mirror technique with a dollar and a dime) appliqué and ... Puff paint! Another fine alumnae of the UWGB Textiles studio!

Theresa McNeil, Mary Sanderson and Sara Williams all of Madison, WI collaborated on this fabulous apron. Mary Sanderson, Collaborative Art Projects, Body Is A Temple, Feminist Art, Cooking, Shark, Apron, Bunny, Textiles

Theresa McNeil, Mary Sanderson and Sara Williams all of Madison, WI collaborated on this fabulous apron.

Artist Amy Bethel lives in Madison, WI.  Her uterus overlays an internationally recognized warning sign which is, itself, overlaid with texts which includes phrases such as "Unauthorized reproduction may be illegal.  Does not cause mental retardation or mental illness.  Not intended as a penis substitute. Do not avoid contact with legislators.   Act now, this opportunity may be withdrawn at any time.  Comes complete with clitoris (not pictured).  This unit is self-cleaning."  This is a must… Mental Retardation, Collaborative Art Projects, Fundraising, Overlays, Amy, Art Gallery, Notes, Mental Illness, Opportunity

Artist Amy Bethel lives in Madison, WI. Her uterus overlays an internationally recognized warning sign which is, itself, overlaid with texts which includes phrases such as "Unauthorized reproduction may be illegal. Does not cause mental retardation or mental illness. Not intended as a penis substitute. Do not avoid contact with legislators. Act now, this opportunity may be withdrawn at any time. Comes complete with clitoris (not pictured). This unit is self-cleaning." This is a must…

Anthony Faris of Madison, WI create a joyous uterus for the project with a very clear message: "Women Are The Future," and "Hey Man, This is not for you." Thank you Anthony! Political Environment, Collaborative Art Projects, Health Organizations, Hey Man, Fundraising, Art Gallery, Future, Create, Board

Anthony Faris of Madison, WI create a joyous uterus for the project with a very clear message: "Women Are The Future," and "Hey Man, This is not for you." Thank you Anthony!

Here is my submission for the Exquisite Uterus Project, an exhibit focusing on the current 'war against women'. I call it, "Interior Decorating". :) (artwork by Mel Kolstad) Collaborative Art Projects, Riot Grrrl, Textiles, Art For Sale, Creative Art, Fiber Art, Special Events, Needlework, Art Gallery

Here is my submission for the Exquisite Uterus Project, an exhibit focusing on the current 'war against women'. I call it, "Interior Decorating". :)

"Light" by Roze Braunstein from Austin, TX Collaborative Art Projects, Mixed Media Artwork, Austin Tx, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Art Gallery, Fine Art, Board, Poster, Women

fine art and reclaimed sterling silver jewelry

"Light" by Roze Braunstein from Austin, TX