Shvarts claims that for the project, she repeatedly inseminated herself and induced miscarriages over a period of nine months. Yale officials insist that in private, she admitted to not actually performing the acts. According to Shvarts, her piece at the undergraduate show will include a four-foot-wide cube made from PVC pipe and hung from the ceiling. The cube will be wrapped in sheets of plastic, between which will be Vaseline, intended to represent her bodily fluids. Shvarts plans to project videos of her reported miscarriages, which show the artist in a bathtub wearing headphones, onto the plastic sheeting.
The university says that since learning about the project, it has disciplined two anonymous faculty members for their roles, presumably her thesis adviser, lecturer Pia Lindman, and the director of undergraduate studies at the School of Art, Henk van Assen, according to the Yale Daily News.
Storr said in a written statement, "If I had known about this, I would not have permitted it to go forward...This is not an acceptable project in a community where the consequences go beyond the individual who initiates the project and may even endanger that individual."