10,690 Wild Flowers
Each story of accessing abortion in the U.S. is unique and important. According to the Guttmacher institute, in 2011 (the most recent year that statistics are available for) 10,690 people accessed abortion services in Oregon. 10,690 Wild Flowers honors each of those people’s experience, as well as each Oregonian who, for myriad reasons was unable to access the healthcare they needed, with a ceramic flower. While Oregon has many safe guards in place that other states, such as my home state of Florida, do not, many are still unable to receive much needed healthcare because of restrictions due to the Hyde Amendment, barriers because of gender markers, immigration status and more. Each flower is made during a community discussion/workshop hosted in collaboration with local reproductive justice organizations in which we will discuss the impact of these restrictions and the recently introduced House Bill 2232 or The Reproductive Health Equity Act. Handmade flower bricks and vases filled with these flowers have been placed in the gallery and throughout Portland in reproductive health and justice organization’s offices and local businesses. The goal is to make 10,690 ceramic flowers, each of which is for sale for $1. All money raised is donated to organization in Portland working specifically folks who fall into these access gaps. A zine is available in the gallery with information about the project, partner organizations and contributions from collaborators.
Exhibition and Opening Reception
A group exhibition by the artists of Socially Engaged Craft Collective
March 23 – April 14, 2017 | Wednesday–Saturday, noon–6pm at c3:initiative
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5- 9 pm
Flower Arrangements will be on display at the following locations (more TBA):
C3: Inititiave Gallery, 7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203
Planned Parenthood NE Health Center, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Planned Parenthood SE Health Center, 3231 SE 50th Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Downtown Women’s Center, 511 SW 10th Ave, Suite 905, Portland, OR 97205
Will take place at C:3 Initiative, 7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203
Discussion Workshop in Collaboration with Forward Together and Momentum Alliance
- Do you work with a reproductive justice organization in the Portland area? Consider asking your organization to host a flower arrangement.
- Do you own a local business and want to host a flower arrangement?
- Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org