In Untitled (Perpetuating the Cycle), I provided instruction next to the piece as follows:
Rape culture in the United States is a pervasive cycle sustained by many complex factors. In researching possible perpetuators of this cycle, I have become aware of aspects of its “hidden” nature. Many survivors of sexual violence carry the weight of their experiences in secret. In addition, societal pressures compel them to cover up, stay inside, and be responsible for their own vulnerability.*
The cloth scraps and underlying imagery in this piece represent different aspects of my experience as a survivor through a personal vocabulary of color and material.
Untitled (Perpetuating the Cycle) is an invitation to contemplate how our individual actions contribute to a collective culture. Select scraps to tie (or untie) in order to reveal or hide areas of the painting.
*Of reported incidences, 42% of women are assaulted before age 17, 12% before age 10 (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
I documented the various stages of the work in the two weeks it was exhibited at the MCAD Main Gallery during Minnesota Mean: The Students Take Measure.