People Don't See the Weight,  2017  (Installed)  As a rape survivor, I have struggled with depression and PTSD. For my thesis project I conducted interviews with fifteen rape and sexual abuse survivors. I created a metal object for each contributor, which convey the secretiveness of sexual violence. The outer surface of each piece appears ordinary, while the inside, reveals distress. This work is displayed on a table to encourage viewers to interact with the pieces. Behind the table, letterpressed quotes from each participant hang on the wall. My responsibility as an artist is to create an outlet for survivors to be heard.   
       
     
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 (Participant's Quotes Installed)
       
     
  "I felt so isolated and embarrassed about what I had gotten myself in. But I did not know how to talk to people about it and I was mortified for anyone to know."
       
     
 Left to Right:   "Everyone says that you have STDs and that you're a slut."    "Abuse is a terrible torch passed from generation to generation, and it is only extinguished gradually in each heart by soothing waves of intentional healing."    "My father told me to sit on his face."
       
     
 Left to Right:  " I want to tie you up and keep you."    "It's a privilege to give me a blow job."    "Take me home please, when can I go home? He told me he would take me home after we had sex."
       
     
  "No one will ever believe you because you're a liar."
       
     
 "Sex should be good, but when it's not, it becomes confusing."  (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  "He would come into the bathroom while I showered and comment on how nicely my breasts were developing."   (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
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 (Inside)
       
     
  "I prayed that I would die."   (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  "My body wasn't mine anymore."   (Outside)
       
     
 (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  "Do you want to play a game with me?"   (Outside)
       
     
 (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  "My teacher noticed something was wrong. I confided in her that my "  uncle" was doing things to me that he shouldn't. She told me to tell him I was on my period. She said most men don't want to mess with someone on their period."   (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  "Whenever I think about it, physical pain starts from above my belly button and goes all the way up to my throat."   (Outside)
       
     
 (Inside)
       
     
  People Don't See the Weight,  2017  (Installed)  As a rape survivor, I have struggled with depression and PTSD. For my thesis project I conducted interviews with fifteen rape and sexual abuse survivors. I created a metal object for each contributor, which convey the secretiveness of sexual violence. The outer surface of each piece appears ordinary, while the inside, reveals distress. This work is displayed on a table to encourage viewers to interact with the pieces. Behind the table, letterpressed quotes from each participant hang on the wall. My responsibility as an artist is to create an outlet for survivors to be heard.   
       
     

People Don't See the Weight, 2017

(Installed)

As a rape survivor, I have struggled with depression and PTSD. For my thesis project I conducted interviews with fifteen rape and sexual abuse survivors. I created a metal object for each contributor, which convey the secretiveness of sexual violence. The outer surface of each piece appears ordinary, while the inside, reveals distress. This work is displayed on a table to encourage viewers to interact with the pieces. Behind the table, letterpressed quotes from each participant hang on the wall. My responsibility as an artist is to create an outlet for survivors to be heard.

 

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 (Participant's Quotes Installed)
       
     

(Participant's Quotes Installed)

  "I felt so isolated and embarrassed about what I had gotten myself in. But I did not know how to talk to people about it and I was mortified for anyone to know."
       
     

"I felt so isolated and embarrassed about what I had gotten myself in. But I did not know how to talk to people about it and I was mortified for anyone to know."

 Left to Right:   "Everyone says that you have STDs and that you're a slut."    "Abuse is a terrible torch passed from generation to generation, and it is only extinguished gradually in each heart by soothing waves of intentional healing."    "My father told me to sit on his face."
       
     

Left to Right:

"Everyone says that you have STDs and that you're a slut."

"Abuse is a terrible torch passed from generation to generation, and it is only extinguished gradually in each heart by soothing waves of intentional healing."

"My father told me to sit on his face."

 Left to Right:  " I want to tie you up and keep you."    "It's a privilege to give me a blow job."    "Take me home please, when can I go home? He told me he would take me home after we had sex."
       
     

Left to Right:

"I want to tie you up and keep you."

"It's a privilege to give me a blow job."

"Take me home please, when can I go home? He told me he would take me home after we had sex."

  "No one will ever believe you because you're a liar."
       
     

"No one will ever believe you because you're a liar."

 "Sex should be good, but when it's not, it becomes confusing."  (Outside)
       
     

"Sex should be good, but when it's not, it becomes confusing."

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "He would come into the bathroom while I showered and comment on how nicely my breasts were developing."   (Outside)
       
     

"He would come into the bathroom while I showered and comment on how nicely my breasts were developing."

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "I prayed that I would die."   (Outside)
       
     

"I prayed that I would die."

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "My body wasn't mine anymore."   (Outside)
       
     

"My body wasn't mine anymore."

(Outside)

 (Outside)
       
     

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "Do you want to play a game with me?"   (Outside)
       
     

"Do you want to play a game with me?"

(Outside)

 (Outside)
       
     

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "My teacher noticed something was wrong. I confided in her that my "  uncle" was doing things to me that he shouldn't. She told me to tell him I was on my period. She said most men don't want to mess with someone on their period."   (Outside)
       
     

"My teacher noticed something was wrong. I confided in her that my "uncle" was doing things to me that he shouldn't. She told me to tell him I was on my period. She said most men don't want to mess with someone on their period."

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)

  "Whenever I think about it, physical pain starts from above my belly button and goes all the way up to my throat."   (Outside)
       
     

"Whenever I think about it, physical pain starts from above my belly button and goes all the way up to my throat."

(Outside)

 (Inside)
       
     

(Inside)