First let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering a pledge to this very important project! I have a show opening October 4th at Gallery 27 in Santa Barbra, Ca which consists of 10 images and 1 large installation. This installation is a cornerstone part of the body of work and is the big reason for this kickstarter. Since we all know that being an artist can get costly when it comes to materials, this is my way of reaching out for support from those who have an interest in helping an artists voice be heard!
Let me begin by telling you about why this project holds a very special place in my heart. Currently, I am a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Brooks Institute and will be graduating this coming December. This installation piece is a major part of my graduating body of work and, once finished, will complete the series. In addition to the logical reasons, finishing this installation will complete a body of work that focuses on the psychological effects of sexual assault. Trauma like this touches and affects more peoples lives than most realize, and this body of work will bring not only a better understanding of what victims and survivors face, but will also inevitably bring awareness and insight to viewers.
Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted, that is over 200,000 people a year, and barely skims the surface for the grand total of victims and survivors around the world. On average, 1 in 3 women are sexually assaulted before they turn 30, that means that if there are three women in the room you are in, or three women in your family, the statistics single one of them out as potentially being a victim. Statistics like these is what makes it so important that artwork like this be seen and heard.
Where does the money go?
Your contribution would help bring this installation to life! Funds would be used for materials needed in order to construct the piece - materials such as wood, strings, paint, eye hooks, and of course paper and printing costs for the images.
The installation consists of 3,650 images of individual eyes, all of which have been taken over the last year. The images are going to be suspended from a wooden base and then hung from the ceiling of Gallery 27 so that the images fall at approximately average heights giving viewers a face to face interaction with the piece. The structure itself is designed to create a sense of the passage of time and also a visual identity to ten years of changed self perception.
Experiencing rape or any form of sexual violence situates an individual in a suspended state, dangling from a pendulum oscillating between rage and release. In this suspended state, familiar objects, including the body, suddenly feel distorted and foreign. This dissociation from the body changes the psychic landscape, divorcing the physical self from the mental self. The mind mutinies against the now-hated but nonetheless inescapable body, seeking to separate itself in order to cope. Self-loathing becomes a significant portion of the emotional backlash of sexual assault.
My body of work explores the fragmentation of the psyche resulting from my own violation. It goes beyond the physical act, addressing the emotional defilements and the life trauma takes on inside the mind. The mutilations, bindings, and entanglements express the vision of self, and ask viewers to remove themselves from a voyeuristic position and enter the state of mind resulting from this trauma. It seeks to break apart the encounter of rape and unleash the residue of profound agony.
Thank you so much for considering this project!
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