OBSTETRICS IN AMERICA: OUR PAST

Lucy
Lucy

2014 Grosgrain ribbon, metallic embroidery floss, velvet, and vintage obstetrics book 40 x 16 inches / 101.6 x 40.64 centimeters INQUIRE

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Lucy (detail)
Lucy (detail)

2014 Grosgrain ribbon, metallic embroidery floss, velvet, and vintage obstetrics book 40 x 16 inches / 101.6 x 40.64 centimeters INQUIRE

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OBSTETRICS IN AMERICA: BIRTH WORDS

Lie On Your Back
Lie On Your Back

2014 Varsity lettering and rye fungus print (ergot derivative) fabric on canvas 60 x 36 x 2 inches / 152.4 x 91.44 x 5.08 centimeters INQUIRE

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I Don’t Need Her Permission
I Don’t Need Her Permission

2014 Varsity lettering and poppy print (morphine derivative) fabric on canvas 36 x 70 x 2 inches / 91.44 x 177.8 x 5.08 centimeters INQUIRE

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If You Don’t Shut Up We Will...
If You Don’t Shut Up We Will...

Knock You Out 2014 Varsity lettering and poppy print (morphine derivative) fabric on canvas 36 x 70 x 2 inches / 91.44 x 177.8 x 5.08 centimeters INQUIRE

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Suck It Up and Get Over It
Suck It Up and Get Over It

2014 Varsity lettering and poppy print (morphine derivative) fabric on canvas 60 x 36 x 2 inches / 152.4 x 91.44 x 5.08 centimeters INQUIRE

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OBSTETRICS IN AMERICA: MOTHER'S RIGHT

MOTHER'S RIGHT
MOTHER'S RIGHT

2015 Durational performance and installation with screen printed fabric and hand sewn gowns at the September 7 “Rally to Improve Birth” gathering at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

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MOTHER'S RIGHT
MOTHER'S RIGHT

Kickstarter Campaign $1000 Donation Level 2015 Installation of ten MOTHER'S RIGHT gowns (detail) 30 silk-screened hospital gowns, 30 flannel infant receiving blankets 30 x 30 inches / 76.2 x 76.2 centimeters VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

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MOTHER'S RIGHT
MOTHER'S RIGHT

Kickstarter Campaign $200 Donation Level 2015 Silk-screened MOTHER'S RIGHT hospital gown fabric in wood frame 6 x 6 inches / 15.24 x 15.24 centimeters VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

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MOTHER'S RIGHT
MOTHER'S RIGHT

Kickstarter Campaign $75 Donation Level 2015 Signed print of the limited edition installation drawing created for the MOTHER'S RIGHT project 8 x 10 inches / 20.3 x 25.4 centimeters VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

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THE HEROES PROJECT

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf

2014 Grosgrain ribbon, velvet, pleather, metallic spandex, metal, glitter ribbon 24 x 30 inches / 60.96 x 76.2 centimeters

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Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs

2014 Grosgrain ribbon, velvet, pleather, metallic spandex, metal, glitter ribbon 24 x 30 inches / 60.96 x 76.2 centimeters INQUIRE

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Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy

2014 Grosgrain ribbon, metallic spandex, metal, glitter ribbon 48 x 60 inches / 121.92 x 152.4 centimeters INQUIRE

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George Harrison
George Harrison

2013 Grosgrain ribbon, pleather, gold crushed velvet, metal, glitter ribbon 24 x 60 inches / 60.96 x 152.4 centimeters INQUIRE

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LOVE IN INTERSTELLAR SPACE

MICHELLE HARTNEY

 

Michelle Hartney is a Chicago based artist whose work addresses a broad range of topics—from women’s health issues, to the concept of heroes, love, and the cosmos. She works in a variety of materials, including fiber, wood, found objects, and most recently, performance. Her interest in using art to address social issues began during her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

 

Featured in Ms. Magazine, the artist's MOTHER'S RIGHT performance + installation, Birth Words and Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey series, MOM$ and Correcting History projects, and Kimberly Said No performance, are part of Hartney's ongoing work focusing on women’s health. Hartney founded the Woman’s Health Collective in 2016, an organization dedicated to utilizing creative solutions to address women’s health issues by linking artists, designers, writers, musicians, technologists, healthcare providers, and activists to work collaboratively on socially engaged, community based projects.

 

Hartney has been highlighted on CNN's Great Big Story, as part of their “Instigators" series. Presented in conjunction with Every Mother Counts—a non-profit dedicated to maternal health, founded by Christy Turlington Burns—the series profiles people fighting for change in women’s health, spotlighting innovators in the field. Hartney, labeled a true "Instigator," is featured using her probing art to shine a light on the increasing dangers of childbirth in the United States.

 

MOTHER'S RIGHT—the artist's conceptual installation and performance piece—took place on Labor Day 2015 at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago, Illinois. For the performance, Hartney sewed 1,200 hospital gowns—one for every mother who died in childbirth in America in 2013. Each gown is hand silk-screened with the artist's drawings of the plant derivatives for the drugs that have been used on laboring women for the past 150 years. During the performance, several pairs of women stand facing one other, folding the handmade gowns into triangles—similar to the way the American flag is folded at the funeral of a solider. The traditional flag-folding ceremony includes twelve symbolic folds, and as described by The American Legion, "The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.” These custom-made hospital gowns have been cut to a length where the fabric stops on the ninth fold. 

Sagan Druyan with Love in ...
Sagan Druyan with Love in ...

Interstellar Space IV and Dark Matter Sagan Druyan 2012 Solid maple sphere, carved and embedded with hand embroidered pearls, sequins, beads, and acrylic poms 12 x 12 inches / 30.48 x 30.38 centimeters Love in Interstellar Space IV 2012 Solid maple sphere, carved and embedded with hand embroidered sequins, beads, and acrylic poms 6 x 6 x 6 inches / 15.24 x 15.24 x 15.24 centimeters Dark Matter 2012 Solid maple sphere, carved and embedded with hand embroidered sequins, INQUIRE

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Dark Matter II with Sagan Druyan
Dark Matter II with Sagan Druyan

Dark Matter II 2012 Found wood embedded with hand embroidered beads, jewelry findings, and acrylic poms. This wood was found in the forest and hollowed out organically by insects and decay 13 x 12 x 12 inches / 33.02 x 30.48 x 30.48 centimeters Sagan Druyan 2012 Solid maple sphere, carved and embedded with hand embroidered pearls, sequins, beads, and acrylic poms 12 x 12 inches / 30.48 x 30.38 centimeters INQUIRE

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Love in Interstellar Space
Love in Interstellar Space

2012 Hand embroidered pearls, beads, calcite, tulle, jewelry findings, acrylic poms, wood, and acrylic on canvas 24 x 48 inches / 60.96 x 121.92 centimeters INQUIRE

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Dark Matter
Dark Matter

2012 Solid maple sphere, carved and embedded with hand embroidered sequins, beads, and acrylic poms 6 x 6 x 6 inches / 15.24 x 15.24 x 15.24 centimeters INQUIRE

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