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Sarah Ayala in the Sheila and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery

Updated: Oct 3, 2023


F**k the Supreme Court, Sarah Ayala, latex paint and epoxy on NPO panels, 80"x 80"x 80"

Artist Statement

When Roe was overturned, I offered free reproductive rights murals, shortly after Arts Fort Worth offered me this 6x6’ plinth for a 3D piece on the same theme. I reached out to @papacompanyfwtx with the vaguest description of my favorite Platonic solid, facts, and a uterine tessellation and he made my fabrication dreams a reality. This was the hardest project for me, logistically and content wise. Having a literal platform to speak about abortions and there’s too much to say. I just went with facts:

•”75% of abortion patients were below the poverty line ($15,730 for a family of two) or low income.” [ I couldn’t raise a child on that, could you?]


•”51% of abortion patients were using a contraceptive method, commonly condoms or short-acting hormonal method.” [There’s a common myth that people are “irresponsible," even though the burden of contraceptives is already on us.]


•”18% of pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.”[Many* people you know are receiving this common healthcare]


•”59% of abortions were obtained by patients who had at least one previous birth.” [Often people receive this healthcare to be a better parent to the children they already have.] {Guttmacher institute}


•”59% of abortions were obtained by patients who had at least one previous birth.” [Often people receive this healthcare to be a better parent to the children they already have.] {Guttmacher institute}

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•”About 1 in 4 women (24%) will have an abortion by age 45.” [Many people you love* are receiving this common healthcare]tumble upon it. Balancing that* with wanting anti-choicers to read truths, without justifying specific reasons why people get abortions because it doesn’t need to be justified. Basically, there are innumerable facets to abortion, and from there it’s a domino effect on other rights and privacy in the freest country on earth.


I have more to share about this, but I can’t express how appreciative I am of @brothersisterdesign@6572build for being so passionate about the theme that they volunteered their time & expertise to help make my vision real and dealt with my anxiety on a foreign project. “F**k the Supreme Court” will be on display for a year [also looking to organize a panel there if anyone is interested!] There’s an election in November.


Artist Bio

Sarah Ayala lives and creates in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Sarah is an artist rooted in the community who aims to make art more accessible to the public and adjudicated youth. She specializes in detailed processes like mandala patterns and hand lettering. Sarah has combined this style with the rich history of cartography, using maps as a way to speak about an experience of a region and their effect on our sense of land ownership and time. Her work can be found throughout Fort Worth’s murals, as well as within local and national art collectives or working closely with community partners and institutions.


Learn more about Sarah at www.sarahayala.com



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