In.visible is a project about 5 women and their experiences with sexual assault, abuse and rape. This project was made in collaboration with Hope Crisis Pregnacy Center, Faribault, MN and with 5 women (Kelly Banker, Rose Johnson, Laura Olson, BJ and Kao Sutton). It was exhibited at The Weitz Center for Creativity, Northfield, MN in 2013.
“Beauty gives us the unavoidable conviction, even if we intellectually have no ‘metaphysical referent’ for it, that life is not random and meaningless, that there is good and evil”.
– On Beauty and Being Just by Elaine Scarry.
Beauty radically “de-centers” the self and moves you to distribute attention away from yourself. In the presence of beauty you cease to be the hero in your own story, it is no longer about you.
A Bed Of Roses: Beauty & Thorns
Digital C-prints, 10"x8" each.
"For the longest time I couldn't even see the point of this . The thought of telling anyone gave me the cold pricklies. Made my stomach churn, so I minimized it to nothing. I thought it would feel like razorblades coming up my throat and I would never be able to tell anyone anything else again, and so I never did, not till I was 19. I never expected myself to have come to far. I never expected myself to life this long. Now... I am hell-bent on living. I heard this quote in a movie once and I always loved it. It said: Living is the best revenge." -Rose Johnson
Digital C-print, 40" x 30 " each
"Healing is extricating, excavating, pulling myself from my bones as the moon rests her divine face against the bruised sky. Healing is reaching into the teeth of my trauma and pulling out ringing love.
I wrap my world in a fierce love that transcends bodies, boundaries and borders. I demand a love so wide the sky would be envious. I crave a love so gentle and so pure that the world stops for a moment to revel in its beauty. I yearn for a love full enough to bring my sister back to me. I long for a love that will rise in every one of us – a tide crested with forgiveness and divinity, a love that will bring the world to a standstill – one that will curve every one of our lips into a sacred, healing whisper of prayer." -Kelly Banker
A Quaint Relationship (2013)
a site specific piece made up of twenty-seven 8"x8" images printed on transparency paper
Healing begins when a survivor steps into the light with his or her story. Every healing journey is different. These sets of images are created to be a light-sensitive piece. The work is best appreciated and enjoyed during the day. These images are static and dynamic. They are subject to light and weather and they change as the sun rises and sets. In the morning, the images cast beautiful shadows on the black floors of the exhibition room. These shadows 'dance' around the floor as the sun moves acorss the sky. In the late afternoon, as the light that hits the images is more dispersed, the subtle details are highlighted. Viewed at different times of the day and under different weather conditions, the images give every viewer a different perspective.
"That moment. That moment in life that changes everything. You replay it in your mind over and over, but no matter how many times you play through the events, it does not make any more sense then it did before. It does not make it better. It does not make it clean. It does not make the pain go away. It just is, and forever will be a moment in time that has now changed everything, and more importantly has changed you; you as a person." -BJ
Trauma Dehumanized (2013)
Pigment Ink on 16m Haboti Silk
What The Wedding Dress Saw (2013)
a collection of three 16"x20" Pigment Ink on Treated Plywood
When I met Tamar: Seeing Chesedh And Mishpat Collide, Knowing Redemeption Is Near.
a collection of ten Archival Ink Jet Prints (varied sizes)
*Chesedh: the hebrew word for God's unconditional grace and compassion
*Mishpat: the hebrew word for justice
Untitled No. 2 (2013)
Manipulated Silver Gelatin Print and Liquid Light on Watercolor Paper
Will I Ever Be Known? (2013)
Archival Ink Jet Print
Where Is Laura Olson? (2013)
A collection of images printed with Liquid Light on handmade Mulberry paper