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1st Place: Dilation & Evacuation

October 12, 2018

Sopher forceps are used in dilation & evacuation abortions to dismember second-trimester children in the womb. For this piece, they have been used to tear apart photo negatives. "Dilation & Evacuation" invites viewers to reflect upon how abortion destroys entire lifetimes, and all the Kodak moments that would have been; look closely and you will see a wedding, birthday, first day of school, skydiving, and more. Inspirations include the future-like-ours argument and the Polaroid analogy. The Sopher forceps are firmly glued to the lightbox so they can never harm a child; once intended as an instrument of death, they now communicate how devastating abortion is for the victim and all of society. 

Medium: Mixed media sculpture (lightbox, photo negatives, and Sopher forceps)

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