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Juliette Hare O’Connor: FIRST, THEY CAME FOR ROE…

6” x 11” x 1.5”
Mixed Media Salvage Assemblage

100% Donation

Pickup: 8:00 pm
October 21, 2022
(exhibit closing)
Marshall Arts
639 Marshall Ave
Memphis, Tenn

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Artist’s Biography/Statement:

Constructed with vintage religious icon pieces, salvage top from a child’s toy trunk, paint, paper & altered photo of the 5 conservative Supreme Court judges who voted to overturn Roe v Wade 1973.  

This piece shows the icons painted and made to resemble the women in the Handmaid’s Tale film series.

It plays on the words from the famous poem First They Came by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

The piece is my belief of what is happening at this moment in the United States and that ALL of us need to speak up – Loud and Clear.

I am a 76 year old great-grandmother who can remember what it was like prior to 1973 and abortion was illegal.  

I have always believed that this decision belongs ONLY between the pregnant woman/girl  and her physician.  The government should have absolutely no voice in regards to healthcare decisions.  I am a strong advocate of women’s rights – equal rights.

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