Society has a stigma embodied by the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It’s easier to see bruises than the mental scars emotional abuse leaves behind. Those suffering are often forced into silence and disconnected from the world. They feel completely alone.
My thesis that I'm currently working on utilizes portraiture to explore past experiences of suffering in emotionally abusive relationships. I'm trying to seek out other individuals who are willing to share their own experiences and participate in creating these portraits. Using the visual elements of room sets, symbolism in decorations, and composition, I’m aiming to create a physical representation of the invisible damage that is often overlooked and dismissed.
My wish is for every viewer and participant who has faced an abusive situation to feel that a sense of resolve is possible and to have the personal strength to speak about their stories, without being minimized or disregarded by society.
If you've ever been in an emotionally abusive situation, even if the emotional abuse was in addition to other forms of abuse, with a partner, spouse, friend, family member, coworker, etc. and would be willing to participate in my thesis project or have questions about it, please contact me either through here or email or my cell phone number, which are on my website. You can appear anonymously if you don't feel comfortable showing your face. Also, if you know of someone who may be willing and interested, please let them or me know. Thank you!!
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