Hoax: Yale Artist Uses Induced Miscarriages as Art

Update: Yup – as expected – this is a hoax.

But she says she’s not doing it for shock value:

Yale art major Aliza Shvarts has repeatedly inseminated her self and then used abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. She is displaying the results in video and preserved blood.

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.

She wants to have it both ways:

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

[S]he said she believes it is the nature of her piece to “provoke inquiry.”

Inquiry into what exactly? (Usual answer: ‘I don’t comment on my work – it stands on its own.’ = I like to be general dickwad to my audience.) That she’s parading her gross-out bloodfeast as some sort of academic project? Can artists just admit they like to push buttons? That is one of the best parts about being an artist. Not because you want your art to change the world – but because you want to provoke a reaction – and that usually includes shock value. SAME THING. At the same time, don’t pretend that your shocking art is some sort of service. There’s enough shocking bullshit happening around us every day without you framing the destruction of your reproductive system as some sort of public service.

Best comment from Gawker:

Now there is a suitemate from hell. I can just see the passive aggressive notes. SOMEONE needs to start CLEANING up after their MISCARRIAGES in the bathtub because OTHER PEOPLE USE THE BATHTUB AND DO NOT WANT TO RINSE VISCERA OFF OF THEIR FEET ALL THE TIME. Thank you!!!

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