Size

20" x 20"

Medium

Framed digital print of found objects/installation. Limited edition (25).

Style

Description

Love and Bullets depicts the downward trajectory of domestic violence.  I created it and the written accompaniment to bring attention to the issue and to also encourage victims to get help before it is too late.  The image depicts tokens of atonement given by the abuser to the victim.  These gifts start out as things like chocolates but, as the violence escalates, end in bullets:

After the argument
An extension of abuse
As I accept, I signal my aggressor
“Yes, you own me.  I know my place.”
Repayment demanded
In intimate favors
The cost of such lavishes
Is lost dignity
Abandoned Self
And I remain
Invalid