With gender-based violence, victims are often blamed. "But how were you dressed?" "Yes, but she provoked it." The title is a phrase said by a man: "With such a pretty face you might be throwing acid, cover yourself." All my frustration, my pain and my anger are represented by fluid painting and action painting with specific colors used to convey emotions and feelings, moved on the canvas by my emotions. Iridescent colors that change shades depending on the light to which they are exposed, as emotions change in intensity with the injustices suffered by women. All this is accompanied by a poem.
This painting is a statement piece, highly detailed and curated. I also applied little pieces of glass and used iridescent acrylics. This painting is about reclaiming my freedom as a woman, against gender based violence.
deep beneath lawful crimes
My body at the mercy of men who walk freely at night
Wandering the streets I can’t find peace
Growing eyes behind my back to protect
What is left of me
when they decide
But today, I won’t put a curfew on my freedom
today I will walk and I won’t hide
I might be afraid to walk alone at night
with their eyes staring at my thighs
But I won’t compromise my peace of mind
Iridescent and matte acrylics, round pieces of glass on stretched canvas. 100x80 cm