“Silenced”

$30.00$70.00

Clear
SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Weight .02 lbs
Dimensions 18 × .01 × 12 in
Versions

Digitally-signed, HAND-signed

DETAILS

Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

 

 

 

 

SILENCED

The making of…

Final drawing: “Silenced”
22″ x 15″
Pencil on paper

 

A change is coming. Finally.

 

I’ve been thinking about how to best articulate the message of my artwork in written form. However, I recently came across an article in “The Guardian” by Rebecca Solnit that truly encapsulates the message that I’ve tried to weave into this artwork. Here are a few snippets: “Being unable to tell your story is a living death, and sometimes a literal one. If no one listens when you say your ex-husband is trying to kill you, if no one believes you when you say you are in pain, if no one hears you when you say help, if you don’t dare say help, if you have been trained not to bother people by saying help. If you are considered to be out of line when you speak up in a meeting, are not admitted into an institution of power, are subject to irrelevant criticism whose subtext is that women should not be here or heard.

 

Silence is what allowed predators to rampage through the decades unchecked. It’s as though the voices of these prominent public men devoured the voices of others into nothingness, a narrative cannibalism. They rendered them voiceless to refuse and afflicted with unbelievable stories. Unbelievable means those with power did not want to know, to hear, to believe, did not want them to have voices. People died from being unheard.

 

If the right to speak, if having credibility, if being heard is a kind of wealth, that wealth is now being redistributed. There has long been an elite with audibility and credibility, and an underclass of the voiceless.

 

As the wealth is redistributed, the stunned incomprehension of the elites erupts over and over again, a fury and disbelief that this woman or child dared to speak up, that people deigned to believe her, that her voice counts for something, that her truth may end a powerful man’s reign. These voices, heard, upend power relations.” The power shift is here. It’s happening now. For too long woman have been silenced, but that’s changing.

 

They’re tearing the tape from their mouth to sing in a new, more powerful collective voice.

 

And we’re finally hearing a beautiful song that’s been long overdue.

“Silenced”

$30.00$70.00

Clear
SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Weight .02 lbs
Dimensions 18 × .01 × 12 in
Versions

Digitally-signed, HAND-signed

“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.” — Beyonce

“We have been siloed off from each other. We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to finally be heard.” – Reese Witherspoon

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg

This piece includes a lot of black space to better feature the subject’s face. Needless to say, it’s a painstaking process to cover the entire paper using a needle-tip pencil.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Still a long ways to go on this piece, but I always start with a base layer of shading and then smooth it out with a blending stick, which helps reduce the tooth of the paper. From here, I can add darker values with my pencil and lighter values with my eraser.

New drawing underway!! It might look innocent at this stage, but this piece will definitely have something to say by the time it’s finished.

More art you might like:

Send me a message and I'll get back to you ASAP!