On September 13, 2014 GM Spear, a talented young artist, decided to put everything on the line to share a powerful message. Her project, entitled “Regret: Portraits of Post-Abortive Woman” was shared publicly for the first time.
The project that she had been nurturing since its infancy is now exposed for the world (particularly the secular art world).
At the close of her college career, Spear was filled with the desire—as an artist—to say something with her work. She explained how she felt like “a lot of current artists, who are in the spotlight either nationally or internationally, do not say a lot of anything in their work” and that she wanted to make art that would mean something. She wanted to make art that she was passionate about, and the topic that she felt the most inspired by was “regret” (particularly the regret of post-abortive women).
Spear contacted many pro-Life organizations and realized, “that there are so many more organizations that help women deal with the trauma of abortion, than organizations trying to provide information that would prevent it”.
Spear believes that if the women, who had abortions while she was in college, knew the regret that they would feel; they would be less likely to have an abortion.
Spear has gone to exceptional lengths to protect the integrity of these women and their stories. Before she even begins painting, Spear is asking these women for their approval. She has each woman write a handwritten letter to accompany the painting, to ensure that no one can accuse her of fabricating or changing these stories.
Spear claims that the purpose of her project is just to provide information. She expresses that she does not desire to change people’s religious or political views. She just wants to share these stories.
Spear challenges other pro-life artists to create airtight, irrefutable projects to share with the public. She believes that this is a more than effective way to share the pro-life message. But, she also hopes that all young artists develop their projects from all angles to ensure that there is no room for people to poke holes.
For now, the pro-life community is waiting eagerly for the release of the next portraits. And can’t wait to hear what GM Spear is doing next!
To see these portraits and to read the stories “like” Regret: Portraits of Post-Abortive Women on Facebook.