When I was asked to think of a problem in the world today I decided to look into the controversy about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides reproductive health services in the United states. It promotes women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about sex, health, and family. Many people dislike the organization because they provide abortions. In November there was a shooting outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado by an anti-abortion activist. I believe that people should have the right to choose whether they want an abortion or not. I support Planned Parenthood because it helps women make their own decisions about their health. I wanted to make a sculpture that represented women’s choice, so I made a baby hand. It symbolised that the choice a woman has about her well-being is in her hands.
I originally decided to sculpt a hand that could wrap around a bigger hand. This position was very difficult, and I ended up cutting a few of the fingers off. I started over by making a smaller hand and working slower. I carved the shape of the hand and then added details to the fingers. I ended up making the thumb too small so I had to make a separate one and stick it on the hand. I learned that it takes patients to sculpt with soap and no matter what happens you can’t give up. After making the soap hand I casted one of my hands in plaster so it could hold the smaller hand. While carving the hand out of the mold two of the fingers fell off. I was able to use super glue to stick them back on. Overall I was happy about the outcome of the hands I made. If I could do this project again with more time I would make a larger hand from soap so I could add more details. I would also try different positions with the soap hand.