Mystery Date (Rape)

Mixed Media, 20x15x2 inches, 2023.

Oil on wood and paper with Mystery Date board and door, jeans, plastic wallet photo holder, book, hair.

This multi-media piece references personal memories of an all too familiar shared trauma.  As that moment in time fades, the worst is buried in pain and secrecy, replaced with half-formed questions –  what was real, what was imagined? But it irrevocably shapes the future self and influences concepts of trust, of power, of silence. A wallet filled with pictures of imagined conquests. A choice frozen in regret. Perception of propriety for women and girls.  Revisionism is applied. Shame is silencing. 

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