On the farm and here in the studio, working toward social justice is a core part of our operating practices, both as humans and as a business. Over the past few years, through art based dedicated fundraisers, we've contributed to several social and racial justice organizations including Color of Change, ACLU, Abortion Access Front, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Fund Texas Choice, and more. Here is where you'll find my latest fundraiser and the organizations(s) to which I'll be donating the profits from its sales.
My inspiration for this fundraiser is the painting "Judith Beheading Holofernes" by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, whose story of being raped by her painting instructor and then painting this allegorical scene with herself in the role of sword-wielding Judith THREE DIFFERENT TIMES is pretty well known by now. Talk about cathartic! It just seems like the logical symbol for what many of us are feeling right now so I drew a stylized version (making sure to replace ol' Holofernes' eyes with XX lest anyone think he resembles a specific person), added the text, plopped it backwards on the lightbox, drew it wrong way around, then, using old fashioned carbon paper, drew it again on the linoleum block.
They are 18"x12"... a smallish poster size. Because each one is hand printed no 2 will be exactly the same. All of the profits will be donated to abortionfunds.org which directly supports people seeking abortion care—including financial and practical support like transportation, lodging, and language translation—and are a critical part of ensuring abortion access. From their website: "The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice."
Printmaking process of my latest social justice piece