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Multi-Platinum Pop chanteuse Halsey, born Ashley Frangipane, will be auctioning off original paintings done during the recent Love and Power tour to raise money for abortion funds in the United States (US). In a joint effort with Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries auction, five paintings are up for bids from now until 19 Jul 2022.
The artworks were done during the Love and Power gigs in Alabama, Nashville, Detroit, Boston and Portland. They were each created on-stage in three minutes as Halsey, who goes by the pronouns of she/they, performed for thousands of fans, just like they did on Saturday Night Live in 2019.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit the US National Network of Abortion Funds.
Miscarried 3 Times before Giving Birth in 2021
This comes after the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the Constitution of the United States conferred the right to have an abortion in 1973, by the US Supreme Court on 24 Jun.
An outpouring of emotion from both sides of the aisle followed the reversal, and Halsey’s voice was among the loudest in the entertainment industry.
In an op-ed for Vogue, the Grammy-nominated artist wrote that “[her] abortion saved [her] life”. Halsey was known to have struggled with conceiving – having gone through several miscarriages due to endometriosis, a long-term chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
After giving birth to their son, Ender Ridley Ayden, on 14 Jul 2021, Halsey reflected on her reproductive issues. “I had been flanked by nurses and doctors in a bed like this before, heaving through sobs and feeling blood trickle down my thighs like tiny spiders under my skin,” she wrote.
She had miscarried three times before her 24th birthday, saying, “It seemed a cruel irony that I could get pregnant with ease but struggled to maintain a pregnancy.”
Halsey opened up about her experience, explaining, “One of my miscarriages required ‘aftercare’, a gentle way of saying that I would need an abortion, because my body could not terminate the pregnancy completely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention. During this procedure, I cried. I was afraid for myself and I was helpless. I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life.”
“I Will Hold My Son in One Arm, and Fight with All My Might with the Other.”
Prepared for the worst, Halsey shared that they rewrote their will during the third trimester when they were pregnant with Ender. “I gave detailed instructions regarding the donation of my organs should I die or be declared brain-dead, meaning if my heart beat on but my brain wasn’t functioning, the state would have permission to cut into my warm and still flush flesh and take my organs to save other lives.”
“How funny that while my own heart would amount to nothing more than a series of involuntary movements on an operating table, a beating heart in my womb could mean I couldn’t consent to saving my own life,” she lamented.
Many people have asked Halsey if, since carrying a child to term after years of struggling to do so, she has reconsidered her stance on abortion, to which she declared, “The answer is firmly no.”
“In fact, I have never felt more strongly about it. My abortion saved my life and gave way for my son to have his. Every person deserves the right to choose when, if, and how they have this dangerous and life-altering experience. I will hold my son in one arm, and fight with all my might with the other.”
Halsey’s Visual Art in Relation to Music and Songwriting
Speaking to Sotheby’s in relation to the auction of their artworks, Halsey called visual art her “first love”. “I have been making visual art since I could hold a pen and a brush,” she said. “I moved a lot growing up – I was really lonely and I often found it easier to express myself through images rather than conversation.”
They also expressed that their current preferred artistic medium are pen, ink, and acrylics. “I would love to spend more time with oils in the future, but I am not quite sure I am patient enough,” she added.
When asked how her virtual artistic practice relates to her music and songwriting, Halsey said that “they are both very stream of consciousness”.
“I do a lot of continuous line drawings, and in the same way that I write a song, it starts as one thought and unravels into a string of them. I write and draw about similarly dark themes. I write mostly about people and I mostly enjoy drawing people.”
International Pop superstar Halsey has amassed more than 31 billion combined global streams to date, including more than 12.5 billion U.S. streams, and sold nearly 17 million adjusted album units worldwide.
Their most recent album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Album Sales and Top Alternative Albums charts in 2021. It follows 2020’s Manic, which also entered the Top Current Album Sales chart at No. 1 with hit singles such as ‘Without Me’ and ‘Graveyard’. Manic was the first album of 2020 to be certified Platinum in the U.S. and is now 2x Platinum. 2017’s hopeless fountain kingdom, which boasted popular singles such as ‘Bad At Love’ and ‘Now or Never’, was also recently certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
Halsey continues to push creative boundaries, exerting an influence and impact beyond music. Her first book, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry, debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers list in 2020.
Recently, Halsey also launched about-face, a multi-dimensional makeup line made for everyone. Halsey continues to speak up for important causes such as disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community.
Their latest single, ‘So Good’ has raked in over 25 million plays on Spotify and over 8.1 million views on YouTube.