“I made this when the Roe V. Wade leak had been announced. This word, “ladylike” came to me because reproductive health is a social justice issue that men are a part of, yet women have had to deal with the repercussions for generations, and that angers me. There is also so much misunderstanding about what issues relate to whom in terms of being pro-choice, reproductive health, and access to prenatal care that are also a part of this debate and yet simultaneously get overlooked. But women are expected day after day to show up, take care of everyone, and be quiet and diplomatic. This work, which coincidentally has the color palate of menstrual blood, is a reminder of all women must go through in order to make it through the day, guts churning, with a smile on their face, while our biological futures hang in the balance.”
I’m Erin Williams (she/they), a Black artist and creative currently based in St. Louis, Missouri. I specialize in drawing, abstract acrylics, and printmaking. My work has been featured in various newsletters and sites, I have led workshops and painting classes, and in Fall 2021 I began earning an MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture from Washington University in St. Louis. From 2019-2021, I hosted and produced the podcast “In Which I Talk To Artists,” where I interviewed artists about their work and inspiration. I am also a member of Solas Studio in New York City.