Megan Pickering

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After asking my Grandma, Dorothy Innerd, to write down her memories of her Grandmother, Eliza King (née Agar/Twiddy). I decided to find exactly where Eliza was buried in St. Giles Church, Durham, and place a memorial plaque there for her. 

Eliza King was an inmate at Holloway Prison in London, 1943. She was sentenced to five yeas for manslaughter, as she carried out backstreet abortions. 



Eliza was one of fifteen children, it is said that her mother was so sick of giving birth she would sit, half naked in cold alleyways, hoping to die. It is also said that Eliza posed as a fortune teller. My Grandma remembers that women would come to Eliza’s house asking for their fortunes to be told, when this happened my Grandma would have to leave Eliza’s house, she believes this was how women would come to Eliza asking for help with their pregnancy. 

If you are pregnant and considering an abortion you can find advice here.

SEX SHOP is a long-term enterprise which creates new infrastructures for art in society.

It is run by Rosalie Schweiker and Georg Klüver-Pfandtner.

SEX SHOP welcomes social, humorous, cheerful, feminist, queer, absurd, primitive, child-friendly, dirty, friendly, spectacular, DIY, and revolutionary products.

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Photographs taken by Rosalie Schweiker

I will be selling some of my artwork here!

I recently asked my Grandma, Dorothy Innerd, to write down her memories of her Grandmother, Eliza King (née Agar/Twiddy).   


My great, great Grandmother, Eliza King (née Agar/Twiddy), was an inmate at Holloway Prison in London, 1943. She was sentenced to five yeas for manslaughter, as she carried out backstreet abortions. 

Eliza was one of fifteen children, it is said that her mother was so sick of giving birth she would sit, half naked in cold alleyways, hoping to die. It is also said that Eliza posed as a fortune teller. My Grandma remembers that women would come to Eliza’s house asking for their fortunes to be told, when this happened my Grandma would have to leave Eliza’s house, she believes this was how women would come to Eliza asking for help with their pregnancy. 
 

I want to explore Eliza’s life in more detail, as well as the progress of abortion, creating a new pro-choice artwork while at the same time discovering my family herstory.If you are pregnant and considering an abortion you can find advice here.   

My great, great Grandmother, Eliza King (née Agar/Twiddy), was an inmate at Holloway Prison in London, 1943. She was sentenced to five yeas for manslaughter, as she carried out backstreet abortions. 



Eliza was one of fifteen children, it is said that her mother was so sick of giving birth she would sit, half naked in cold alleyways, hoping to die. It is also said that Eliza posed as a fortune teller. My Grandma remembers that women would come to Eliza’s house asking for their fortunes to be told, when this happened my Grandma would have to leave Eliza’s house, she believes this was how women would come to Eliza asking for help with their pregnancy. 



I want to explore Eliza’s life in more detail, as well as the progress of abortion, creating a new pro-choice artwork while at the same time discovering my family herstory.

If you are pregnant and considering an abortion you can find advice here.   

Drawing Out Discrimination, 16th July 2013. For the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against WomenWP University of the Arts London and Big Voice London collaborated to make a series of flags, created by young people, depicting discrimination women face in the UK today. The flags were exhibited in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. I assisted the project as a UAL Student Ambassador and created one of the flags. 

Recently I received a generic email from the Saatchi Gallery saying ‘submissions are now open for the New Sensations Prize 2013, and we have noticed your work, really like it, and hope that you will apply.’ This email was sent to me at a similar time to when pictures of Charles Saatchi were published, showing him grabbing his wife’s throat outside a restaurant. Saatchi dismissed the act saying it was a ‘playful tiff’, so here is my submission. 

Megan Pickering. She Never Shed A Tear Nor Voiced A Single Complaint. 
Chelsea College of Art and Design Degree Show, 14th June - 22nd June, 2013. Audience’s response. 

Megan Pickering. She Never Shed A Tear Nor Voiced A Single Complaint. 
Chelsea College of Art and Design Degree Show, 14th June - 22nd June, 2013. Audience’s response.  

Megan Pickering. She Never Shed A Tear Nor Voiced A Single Complaint. Chelsea College of Art and Design Degree Show, 14th June - 22nd June, 2013.

Megan Pickering. She Never Shed A Tear Nor Voiced A Single Complaint. 
Chelsea College of Art and Design Degree Show, 14th June - 22nd June, 2013.