Finely Bound And Tightly Wound

watercolor and Pigma ink on paper, 5.5″ H x 5″ W

Domestic violence and child abuse are more prevalent that society is willing to admit, possibly even more than it is even aware because of people’s fear of reporting. The wounds do not always show up on the outside. My mom shared with me that when she was a child, she thought she was the only one who was hurt and that she deserved it. She had watched her own mother sent to the hospital many times at the hands of my grandfather. It wasn’t until she was in high school that she shared a hint of what she endured with a friend, to finally find out she was not alone in being expected to keep up appearances that everything is fine and say nothing about the abuse. This illustration is inspired by that story and is part of a portrait series that challenges stereotypes and social norms, explores emotions, and provokes viewers to explore their reactions to the work.

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