Fourteen years ago I created a painting that was a response to the inadequacies in women’s healthcare. Medea is named after my favorite ancient Greek play of the same name by Euripides. Known for its feminist and political themes, the tragedy was considered to be ahead of its time.
The original painting is 30 x40 inches and is created with watercolor and colored pencil. Medea is split in two to depict the tension between grief and resilience and how these states can overlap. She is also covered in iconography that includes the Adinkra symbol for strength and endurance on her left arm, a tree at her womb to represent reproductive health and and the lightning bolt in her hand to reflect her powers as a sorceress. She is also decorated with various quotes taken directly from the play as well as the line “mule of the earth”, a reference to the quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (“Black women are the mules of the earth.”)
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, I’m recruiting Medea in the fight for reproductive justice. Starting today, I will be taking pre-orders for 11”x18” prints of this piece to raise money for the Center for Reproductive Rights. The Center is a global human rights organization of lawyers and advocates that fights to ensure that reproductive rights, including abortion, are protected as fundamental human rights.