DECONSTRUCT TO RECONSTRUCT
REMOVING OF THE MANTLE
Healing doesn’t fill the body until wounds are lanced. Change cannot exist without acknowledgment that the problem exists. So many women in society have been victimized and abused, but do not speak out. The center of my art, addresses the issues of domestic violence and abuse, and the healing that can begin thereafter.
My artwork speaks of the deconstruction, transformation, and the reconstruction that survivors undergo after such horrific abuses. While it brings awareness to issues that are typically taboo, it confronts society, demanding acknowledgment of the obliteration of self and recognition that women’s lives do matter. As wounds
are exposed and lanced, toxins of darkness and negativity are expressed and replaced with hope and healing.
“You Deserved It” is a visual record of verbal abuses connected to physical ones interpreted through embroidery on the surface of seven robes in various fabrics, patterns, and sizes. Worn by a diverse group of women walking a catwalk, these women who stand in the gap for others or as survivors, speak out against harmful mistreatment and raise awareness.
Thank you Ronay Delley, Shelley Cook Clayton, Iskra Draganova, Mandy Sean Mitchell, Carla Aiken, and my beautiful daughter, Nina Lack... wonderful women who stood in the gap for others. Thank you to Wes Balli and Eileen Llorente with videoing, editing, and photography! Thank you to Kay Harness with Polkadot Creations for offering your time to work along side you with the embroidery! Song: Emeli Sandé - My Kind Of Love (RedOne and Alex P Remix)