Eggs as Protest Art

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Eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility, but the artist Martha W. Lewis is also using them as a medium to express current political frustrations about alternative facts, election hacking, wall building—and threats to women’s reproductive rights. Lewis is one of more than three hundred visual, spoken word, and performance artists whose work is featured in “Nasty Women New Haven,” which opened at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., on March 9 and runs until April 8. (A special performance salon will take place on March 24.) New Haven is among fifty cities nationwide to host a “Nasty Women” art exhibition, which feature protest works by artists of any gender who support women’s rights. All donations from the exhibition in excess of overhead costs will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. For more about Lewis, and how to commission your own wooden egg hand-painted with a customized angry phrase, click here.


Allyson McCabe writes and produces stories about music for NPR, The Brooklyn Rail and others. More from this author →