When people are trapped in an abusive relationship, they often do not share with others what is going on. It’s like they are wearing a mask that on the outside tells everyone things are OK. But on the inside, they are filled with the darkness. How can we shine a light on these masks? This project shows what it's like to feel trapped by domestic violence and a way out. It was made with a bottle cutter, clay, woodwork, and paint.
What a creative way to physically and symbolically illustrate such an important topic. Domestic abuse and violence is a difficult subject to discuss and incorporating the National Domestic Violence Hotline into the artwork is a good way to spread the information. Would like to see this work displayed in public somewhere.
This is an incredibly difficult topic for you to tackle and you created a powerful piece from it. The title you gave it is perfect for what you created. You had mentioned that many people are wearing masks to hide what they really are going through. I wonder if you took that idea and made your own masks that everyone is using now to protect themselves from Covid, and print or paint by hand the information you had on this sculpture. Maybe the words Art you in a Love Trap. Then the phone number for help. Or even design tshirts. There are so many people can can benefit from knowing where to get help, and I am impressed how you used art to share that message.
You've touch upon a very important topic and incorporated some unique elements to have this difficult conversation. Kudos! I would love to see you expand it more and perhaps offer it as an installation to be placed in public spaces across NYC. There are always public orgs (libraries etc) which invite young artists like yourself to share their work - I would love to see this in public so everyone can benefit from this.
I love that you are using art to express a feeling that many people can relate to and at the same time, spreading helpful information about the helpline.
I love this idea. I think there are a lot of digital products, when maybe the most effective way it a real life piece of art! I'd love to know more about where you think you would place this to be seen by and then help the most people. Great work!
As a person who has seen abusive relationships firsthand before, it is so important that you made this art. Often times, we can be in denial of something bad and not understand why it is bad, but this art bring awareness and understanding of the truth of domestic abuse relationships.