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There is so much to research during this residency. I’m trying my best to absorb as much as possible regarding the abortion rights campaign.

Here are some the websites I’m finding most of my information from:

  • https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/
  • http://www.repealeight.ie/
  • http://www.repeal.ie/
  • http://thehunrealissues.com/

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Recent Press – Western People

Thank you to the Western People newspaper for the two lovely features on the Mayo Mental Health Association poster competition.

The Mayo Mental Health Association invited me along as special guest and prize giver at their 8th annual art competition. It was so positive and encouraging to see children express their thoughts on mental health through the form of art.

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For more information on the Mayo Mental Health Association click HERE.

A4 Sounds – Check in .2.

Have you watched this video yet?

We Face This Land 

Directed by Dave Tynan
Written by Sarah Maria Griffin
Music by Mmoths

The video is inspired by Sarah Maria Griffin’s poem of the same title, We Face This Land.

We Face This Land: a poem by Sarah Maria Griffin

Centuries ago,
Women accused of witchcraft faced, amongst other ordeals,
Trial by water

Tied to a chair or run under a boat
If she survives the drowning and floats
She’s a witch. If she dies, she’s a woman

We are not witches but if the church and state insists
Then let us be the descendants of all the witches they could not drown
This heirloom of trauma, this curse

This agony of water in order to hold agency over our bodies
Not all of us have survived, the waves do not part
There are no miracles here

When the stethoscope is a crucifix on your belly
How do you have any choice but the water
And fair medical treatment on another

A body is a body is a body is a body is a body is a body is a body
Not a house. Not a city. Not a vessel, not a country
The laws of the church have no place on your flesh

A veterinarian will abort a calf if a cow is falling ill. How is it that livestock is
worth more to this land than us

Eleven women every day leave Ireland seeking an abortion abroad.

We ask for the land over the water. Home over trial. Choice over none.
For our foremothers, ourselves, the generations yet to come
Witches or women – these are our bodies which shall not be given up

For more information about Sarah Maria Griffin click HERE.

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Research time….

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I really enjoy the research phase of a project. For this A4 Sounds residency I will be looking into the 8th amendment and the repeal the 8th campaign.

 

What is the Eighth Amendment?

Article 40.3.3, known as the Eighth Amendment, was voted into the Irish Constitution by referendum in 1983. The amendment states:

The state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’

The amendment equates the life of a pregnant woman* with that of an embryo or fetus and has created an unworkable distinction between a pregnant woman’s life and her health.

 

Who are the Repeal the Eighth Coalition?

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment is a growing alliance of over 90 organisations including human rights, feminist and pro-choice organisations, trade unions, health organisations, NGOs, community organisations and many others. Our members agree that the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution must be repealed in order to respect and protect the lives, health and choices of women in Ireland. We are working together under the Coalition banner to raise awareness of the urgent need for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Our steering group meets monthly, and Coalition member organisations nominate up to two representatives to attend meetings.

For more information on the Repeal the Eighth campaign click HERE.

Studio Day – Pen Obsession

Studio day today

Anyone else love colourful pens? I really enjoy sketching with pens. I sometimes sketch with just pens, or mix it up with pens, pencil, and paint. Muji pens are my favourite at the moment. They are so nice and definitely cheer up my studio.

20170614_130636 For a link to Muji click HERE.

Start day at A4 Sounds

I started my residency with A4 Sounds today.

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For this residency I would like to make a piece of installation art inspired by the abortion rights campaign here in Ireland. I believe that everyone has a right to full bodily autonomy. I believe that denying people access to free, safe and legal abortions is dehumanising, insulting and wrong. I believe that pregnant people should have a full say in the type of care they receive.

For more information on my residency click HERE.

Birthday Brunch

It was my birthday yesterday, I turned 31!

My favourite place to go for food at the moment is Pudding Row in Easkey – So of course I went there for my birthday brunch!

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If you are ever in the Mayo / Sligo area you have to visit Pudding Row, it is open Thursdays to Sundays, 11 to 5.

For more details on Pudding Row click HERE.

Sally Caulwell Prints

My friend Sally is an amazing designer and illustrator – we worked together on my Paper Bloom project, she designed the posters, postcards and my publication.

I just received a lovely parcel from her with some of her new prints from her Irish Hedgerow series – I love them! I can’t wait to get them framed!

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Check out Sally’s website by clicking HERE.