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Wound Woman: After Gersdorff
Mixed Media Collage on Tin Target
13 x 13in

The image of the ‘Wound Man’ by Hans von Gersdorff was designed as a way for physicians in the field of battle to identify various types of wounds from melee weaponry. In this interpretation our central figure is cowgirl, the central image of the tin toy target game that this piece is built upon. The intention of the game was to throw suction cup daggers at this ‘little lady’, a game with inherently violent overtones. She is meant to represent the state of Women’s rights, their right to their own bodies, their rights for equality, and their right to not have to be fearful of the types of domestic violence that occurs on a daily basis in this, the ‘freest of the free’ and the most ‘civilized’, country in the world. In each of her hands she holds pennyroyal, a flower from which an herbal abortive tea can be made. Our heroine is being stabbed, cut, and gored in as many ways as old white men can see fit to keep hacking away at any opportunity for a woman to be on the same standing as him. Still, she glows with intensity despite conquistadors laying claim over her dominion…as the flames of witch trials and the wounds of time and so many martyrs attempt to consume her.