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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, April 17, 2008 4:58 AM 

Drudge certainly found the story that perfectly manifests just about every symptom of decadent amorality exhibited by 21st century elites. It comes from the Yale Daily News (where long ago my first published work appeared) in a report headined: "For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse."

It describes the senior "art" project of one Aliza Shvarts as "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."

From the YDN story:

Art major Juan Castillo '08 said that although he was intrigued by the creativity and beauty of her senior project, not everyone was as thrilled as he was by the concept and the means by which she attained the result.

"I really loved the idea of this project, but a lot other people didn't," Castillo said. "I think that most people were very resistant to thinking about what the project was really about. [The senior-art-project forum] stopped being a conversation on the work itself."

Although Shvarts said she does not remember the class being quite as hostile as Castillo described, she said she believes it is the nature of her piece to "provoke inquiry."

"I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity," Shvarts said. "I think that I'm creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be."

The display of Schvarts' project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.

Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

School of Art lecturer Pia Lindman, Schvarts senior-project advisor, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Aha. Pia Lindman, the putative grown-up here, the advisor, the oversight, the arbiter, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. Could she ever be reached for comment? Is she even capable of comment?Pia LIndman apparently oversaw this egregiously sick process passing for "art," passing for college work, for nine months and saw nothing objectionable in it, nothing beyond the pale. There is the problem. No guidelines. No code. No grown-ups. 



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