The Artist Perspective: Spring ’09

The Artist Perspective: Spring ’09

Edited by Linda Stein
Art by Judith K. Brodsky

On The Issues Magazine provides an Online forum for artists to exhibit their art, including moving images and audio, as well as stills. This art section presents exciting responses relating to major themes of our day.

In this edition of On the Issues Magazine, we feature the art of East Coast artist, Judith K. Brodsky. The subject of the work, One Hundred Million Women Are Missing, offers a global and feminist reflection on the topic of this edition, Lines in the Sand.

Brodsky is widely-known as an advocate for both women artists and the printed image. With her colleague, Ferris Olin, Brodsky founded the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Brodsky’s leadership in establishing the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in New Jersey, was acknowledged by its renaming to the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions in her honor. Brodsky writes frequently on the arts and is especially known as a curator on feminist art and prints.

In this edition of On The Issues Magazine, we focus on Brodsky’s own work as an artist.

Brodsky creates print series and large scale drawings, working with iconic topics of women, nature, family, politics and science. She uses the indirectness and layering of the printed image as a physical metaphor for layers of meaning and imagery. The series presented here, One Hundred Million Women Are Missing, addresses the denigrating treatment of women, discrimination against women in traditionally male arenas, such as world government or science, and the restrictions of social convention. The images, which she describes by accompanying audio, are personal, poetic, and persuasive in their visual impact. Although created in the early 1990s, the series remains as pertinent today as it was when it was first envisioned.

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–Linda Stein


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” ​—Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion—“the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.”

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.