“We Will Not Be Silenced” is an art series dedicated to showing the widespread effects of sexual assault and harassment, though people’s own words, in a way that is easily readable and artistically beautiful. It consists of panels that are 6′ tall and 4′ wide, filled up with squares which have a sentence or two from someone talking about their experience with sexual assault and harassment, printed on fabric with colorful patterns. The statements are printed on lightweight fabric attached at the top, so they flutter and reach out to the viewer as they walk by. The squares of fabric reference quilting, a medium that has historically been relegated to the category of ‘women’s work.’ Fiber art has been a media which women can express themselves through for centuries, and this series uses this traditional medium to demand attention in the modern age. The height of the panels makes the viewer feel enveloped, in the way sexual assault and harassment affect every bit of our lives. Each panel contains 54 squares with statements from a wide variety of different people. I will fill a gallery space with these panels. Each panel will include new submissions. I’ll continue to create new art for the squares, so each piece will look different, and the project will evolve visually as the viewer’s eye travels around the room.
The first panel will be on view in the The Queer Experience exhibition at InterUrban ArtHouse in downtown Overland Park, KS. The opening reception is Friday, June 21st from 5-8pm, and it’s open to the public. You’re invited to come by and meet me.
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