In this three-piece series I explore the time in my life where my husband and I were making the decision to not have children. When my trusted birth control began to cause health problems in my mid-twenties and needed to be removed immediately, I started asking my doctors what other options I had, including getting my “tubes tied.” Rather than explaining the process or reviewing health risks, I was responded to by three separate doctors with laughter and ridicule. In contrast to the ease of scheduling my husband’s vasectomy; where they didn’t ask his age, his parental status, or his wife’s opinion, and where he was offered a same-day consultation and procedure -the answers I received left me confused and without agency and are years later now the titles of these works.
About the Artist
Pam Marlene Taylor is an artist and curator living in Nashville, TN. As a curator, she focuses on group exhibitions featuring mainly women and non-binary artists in conversation with social issues. In 2020, she partnered with fellow curator Kaylan Buteyn to co-found Stay Home Gallery, an online gallery featuring work by womxn artists from around the world creating during the global Coronavirus Pandemic. Stay Home Gallery grew to become a brick and mortar contemporary art gallery and artist residency for womxn and families where Pam is now the Gallery & Residency Director. As an artist, Pam weaves on hand-built looms and explores the topics of feminism and death through fiber art. She is represented in the state of Tennessee by The Red Arrow Gallery and is a graduate from Tusculum University where she double majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design and is currently earning her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of West Alabama.
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