Grotesque and obscene

April 17, 2008

A Yale senior Art major is having herself impregnated multiple times and aborting the embryos  — and then making an art project out of the remains:

Art major Aliza Shvarts ’08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body. But her project has already provoked more than just debate, inciting, for instance, outcry at a forum for fellow senior art majors held last week. And when told about Shvarts’ project, students on both ends of the abortion debate have expressed shock — saying the project does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion.

But Shvarts insists her concept was not designed for "shock value."

"I hope it inspires some sort of discourse," Shvarts said. "Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it’s not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone."

Pardon my language, but where the Hell are this woman’s values? Does she have any? Where is her sense? Where is her decency? To create human life and then destroy it — all for an art project?? 

And what morally bankrupt Yale official approved this? 

Comparisons to Nazis are flung around all too easily, but in this case it’s appropriate: the total devaluation of human life in Shvarts’ "art" is no different than that displayed by the Nazis at Auschwitz or the Japanese in the work of Unit 731. She shouldn’t be getting a degree for this, she should be getting expelled. 

(Via Hot Air, where some commenters think this is a hoax. I hope so. Either way, it’s sick.)

LINKS: Sister Toldjah.

UPDATE: Shvarts is swearing now it was all a hoax, an exercise in "creative art fiction." I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, thus leaving her at "tasteless" and "stupid," and not downright immoral.