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By Bonnie Fortune with Suzann Gage
Chicago, IL: Temporary Services, 2009
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5"
Cover: soft, die cut
Binding: staple-bound
Process: offset cover, digital throughout
Color: metallic ink cover, black throughout
Edition Size: 475
ISBN: none

This is the 5th booklet in the Temporary Conversations series. Bonnie Fortune, artist and curator, interviewed Suzann Gage, an artist turned nurse, who used her skills as an illustrator to help revolutionize health care for women. Gage's work was hugely influential on the Women's Health Movement and is an incredible example of art entering daily life and having an impact on shifting the practices away from the abuses of the then male-dominated medical profession.

Fortune organized an exhibition, EveryBody!: Visual resistance in feminist health movements, 1969-2009, that examined the impact and continuing legacy of the Women's Health Movement both on women's health and women's production of art and visual culture. Gage's illustrations – 13 are reproduced in the booklet – are uncompromising, strong, and tell a story of empowerment central to the exhibition.

Fortune's introduction to the booklet sets the tone both for the interview and the exhibition Gage's work anchored:

"When Suzann Gage saw her cervix, her life changed. Gage has always been a visual person and loved art as early as she could remember. In 1972, as an art student, Gage attended a meeting with several other young feminists to learn about cervical self-examination. This was a radical new trend in the Women’s Heath Movement, which had itself evolved from the 1960s human rights and anti-war movements. Gage was taught by other women to see her own cervix with a speculum and a mirror. This caused her to have a political epiphany.

Suzann Gage gave up her professional training as an artist to become a full-time health activist. Soon after, she left small-town Illinois for Los Angeles. Gage now runs Progres- sive Health Services in San Diego, California as an OB/GYN nurse practitioner. She is also a nationally certified licensed acupuncturist and a nutritionist. Though she is no longer a prac- ticing artist, her visual sensibilities and contribution to the visual culture of feminist health movements remains influential."

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