8. Grace Rotherunnamed
Let Us Choose
November, 2014
Original: India Ink on Trace // Print: inkjet printer on archival paper

Who are you and what do you do?
I am an illustrator and a fiber artist. For illustration I work primarily in pen and ink and my favorite subject to draw is people. In fiber arts I am a knitter. I’ve been designing and making my own clothing since I first learned how to knit when I was 14. I do some freelance graphic design and sell my knitted goods to help support myself.

When did you first start making art?
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. I never took it as seriously as I have the past two years, though.

When you think of the word riot what comes to mind?
When I think of the word riot I see huge masses of people packed together sharing a common thought.

What drew inspiration for the artwork for this show?
I made this piece as a response to anti-abortion campaigns that focus on the life of the fetus over the life of the woman carrying it. I wanted to show that there are as many reasons to want an abortion as there are women seeking abortions.

What are some artists or musicians that you admire?
My community in Ann Arbor is so full of incredible artists. I am constantly learning from the people around me and their astounding talents. Erin Anderson-Ruddon, Tavi Veraldi, and Lucy Cahill are three people who have influenced my work for the better lately. I am lucky to get to be around them!