Tiffany Gholar

"Using the Master’s Tools"; Copper wire and nylon string in shadowbox purchased from Hobby Lobby with receipt; 5 x 7 x 2 inches

“Using the Master’s Tools”; Copper wire and nylon string in shadowbox purchased from Hobby Lobby with receipt; 5 x 7 x 2 inches

I created this piece in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, which has resulted in women having their birth control options dictated by ideology and not biology. As a woman of childbearing age, I am infuriated. I see what Hobby Lobby has done as an act of great sexism and cruelty, and it has terrible repercussions for all of us, no matter where we work. I decided to use craft supplies I purchased from Hobby Lobby subversively, fashioning copper beading wire and nylon beading string into a replica of an IUD, a contraceptive device that the company’s healthcare plan forbids. “Using the Master’s Tools” is a reference to a quote by feminist scholar Audre Lorde, “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”