We Are Pro Choice, 1992, Nancy Spero
Nancy Spero, We are Pro Choice, 1992
Screenprint in colors, on pink Japanese laid paper, the full sheet.
S. 18 1/2 x 30 in. (47 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated in pencil,
Artist proof* aside from the edition of 75
published by Brand X Editions, New York, framed.
A feminist avant la lettre, Spero was also a committed activist who supported, among many political causes, the Pro-Choice Movement since Roe v. Wade became U.S. law in 1974. As the ‘cast’ of female characters from prehistory to the present in We Are Pro Choice suggests, women have attempted to assert their right to control their own bodies for millennia.
Over her decades-long career, American feminist artist and activist Nancy Spero (1926-2009) created her own“ alphabet” of printed female images appropriated from across historical periods and cultures which she assembled in large-scale, horizontal scroll-like installations on Sekishu (Japanese) rice paper sheets. Spero selected active and emotionally-charged images of women from a wide range of photographic reproductions and traditions that challenged stereotypes of them as passive, weak, and vulnerable.