Esterilización is a reflection on the forced sterlization of women in Puerto Rico. The trend to sterilize women of color was exposed in the mid to late 70's and has since been the subject of a compelling documentary "No Mas Bebes" featrued on PBS in 2015. This piece displays 100 wax and mixed media uteri with 30 mangled and variagated uteri. The number is significant becaust 30% of women of child rearing age in the mid to late 70's was forcefully sterilized. The practice was popularized as a form of birth control however, misinformation, language barriers, and manipulation forced many women to believe that this was their only option. The article depicted in the background is from a bilingual college newsletter that reported the breaking news as it happened in 1977. Much of what we know regarding malpractice and political injustice in Puerto Rico is due to academia and people of color who broke their silence. The problem is still very real and many of these women live with the trauma of their experiences every day. The uteri are gilt to show that while they might not "function" they're still elements of beauty within their bravery, courage, and willingness to speak out. The uteri are overlayed on text in mostly spanish to reflect the tension many women experience in trying to protect their bodies without having all the information or not being able to understand the information they're given due to poor language accomodations in most American health care systems.