These drawings were made by Rachael Romero, who, as a fourteen-year-old runaway, was locked in a Good Shepherd Convent Laundry. Here girls were forced to work in prison conditions without pay. Authorities failed to regulate or inspect the dangerous working conditions in these industrial laundries where young women suffered forced labor under the rule of silence, physical and emotional abuse that left a legacy for survivors to overcome. (images are available as 22x17 prints on archival paper. Originals are on museum board and/or 28x22 mixed mediaon rag paper. )
art on this site is copyright 2011, 12
by Rachael Romero. All rights reserved.
Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day. --Camus
"Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?"
--CAMUS, (1948); reported in Resistance, Rebellion and Death (translation by Justin O'Brien, 1961), p.73
This exhibition depicts the experience of the Australian-born, New York artist
Rachael Romero, who at 14, in 1967, was incarcerated, without charge and without legal
trial, in the Convent of the Good Shepherd. ‘The Pines’, on Marion Road, North Plympton,
SA, was one of nine commercial ‘Magdalene’ laundries across Australia in the 20th century..
The Crown of Barbs, Magdalene Laundry, by Rachael Romero 2014
Anticeptic bath--eradicating pubic hair in the beginning. by Rachael Romero 2012
Washed Up and Crucified, by Rachael Romero 2011
Packing Room 2 by Rachael Romero 2012
The fall, by Rachael Romero 2012..
Frederica's escape Attempt 2, by Rachael Romero 2012