Fertility 3

Fertility 3
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 104cm x W 121cm

Critical Review

Along with other works in the series, Fertility 3 shows Haring’s fascination with babies and pregnant women, using the pregnant figure as an oversized central subject that works as a symbol of sacredness and hope for the future. However, through the use of jarring neon colours and agitated moving figures, Haring injects tension and anxiety to the otherworldly image. Furthermore, Haring uses dotted lines and circles on the body of the central figure to allude to the lesions of people with HIV/AIDS and the threat this poses to pregnant women.

The Fertility series is an example of the way in which Haring used his uniquely positive visual language as a form of social activism during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This print raises awareness of the high prevalence of HIV infection amongst pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s, notably the transmission of the virus from mother to child