• Bayley Smith

Reproductive justice


Artwork by Bayley Smith

Reproductive justice has always been an important social justice issue to me. This piece depicts an abstract line art of a fetus and mother while being attached to multiple different pieces of paper. The various papers behind the main focal point represent the various experiences and intersectional perspectives that reproductive justice represents.


The chaotic designs in the background are used to represent the violence and abuse within colonial and gendered control over female reproduction, education and health. I chose to photograph my piece while holding it to symbolize the political control women continue to be surrendered to. The position of the hand represents power more so over the body itself. The concept of autonomy is ever important while representing reproductive justice and rights. I decided to present the piece in black and white to portray a serious tone to demand a progressive and responsive outlook to this artistic piece.

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