The pieces submitted here for consideration are cyanotype prints that use the light of the sun to create the image. These are one of a kind and are made by placing elements directly onto the paper for exposure. These prints were made after the repeal of Roe v. Wade in the Spring of 2022. They focus on and use some of the herbs that have been used for their abortifacient properties throughout history (in particular, rue and yarrow). The work was made to honor the women who came before us who had to take their healthcare into their own hands and often from their own gardens.
Melissa Newman is an educator and artist originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She holds an MA and MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa (2003, 2004). Her work has been exhibited in
various venues across the country and in 2006 she completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has taught Foundations and Painting classes at Middle Tennessee State University
since 2008. Her work includes abstract paintings and mixed media collage though she has a secret love of still-life. She lives in Nashville with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in a house full of
clutter and dog hair. She wouldn’t have it any other way.