Dirty Laundry

Installation, print, web, social 

Dirty Laundry: How American Women are Hung Out to Dry is a multi platform design experience that allows women to share the personal struggles they face as women in the United States.

60595634_1882690298498665_485362065003773952_oIt all began with seven women and an installation. This installation tells the story of the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the over sexualixation of women in advertising, the shout into the void of speaking to a doctor about reproductive health, the anxiety of looking over your shoulder in fear of an assault, the pain of being brutalized by the one who is supposed to love you most, the uphill battle of a woman in the military, and the barbie and kitchen set forced on a three year old girl. 

60354208_1882690168498678_5043921287894794240_oMy part of the installation deals with the biased view taken by many medical professionals when it comes to the reproductive health of women. This is taken from my personal experiences, as I’ve had a doctor accuse me of being pregnant and misdiagnose a 6lb ovarian tumor as a “big uterus”.

Screen Shot 2019-05-18 at 12.11.50 PMScreen Shot 2019-05-18 at 12.12.01 PMMy story is just one of thousands. Medical bias affects women of color, America has the highest maternal death rate of any “developed” country, and women who face infertility deal with judgement from doctors who should be helping them the most.

Screen Shot 2019-05-18 at 12.11.42 PMThis is real life. This is something every woman you know deals with.

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Our message was not one that everyone wanted to hear and unfortunately the installation remained up for less than 24 hours. We would not let this silence us. After the installation was removed, it gained traction on social media. This led us to create a web presence, which took Dirty Laundry from being made up of 7 people to (possibly) being made up of half the country.

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The website features a page where women can air their own dirty laundry to have it possibly shared on the Dirty Laundry instagram page:

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An installation created with Sarah Pollack, Veronica Worell, Cassie Flores, Amelia Meno, Sarah Reed, and Emily Bond.

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