This piece is intended to be displayed as part of the My Series, a body of work loosely dedicated to Tracey Emin's My Bed, in which I explicitly approach the subject matter of rape culture through my direct experience as a survivor of sexual violence.
My Scars is a site-specific piece that was installed directly across from the participatory piece, My Rapist: I Don't Possess Him which stretched out from the wall onto the floor in the path of participation.
It is a reflection of how the events in my life may have led to to being raped by interpreting my physical scars and their context in relation to the “invisible scar” of my experience.
Through a cold reading of the context of each scar in a provided map. I invited the viewer to make connections between elements of each piece and how they may interrelate.
To intensify the connection to my body and force myself to reflect on the situation versus dissociate, I chose to sew each piece by hand.
My Scars Map (see 3rd image above)
A - Head, Sibling, Unknown, Childhood
B - Arm, Parents, Multiple Shots, Childhood
C - Shoulder, Self, Cigar Burn, Twenties
D - Elbow, Mother, Burn, Baby
E - Knee, Mother, Glass, Early Teens