The Kaleidoscope of Domestic Violence in MY Childhood.... (Connie J...)
The theme for our Art Exhibit, this year, was The Kaleidoscope of Domestic Violence Through a Child's Eyes.
For this piece, I gathered lists of positive, and negative words off of Pinterest, all year.
Then I sat down to write. There are a few words I did not get off those lists, because they were words I don't normally use, but needed to be on there. (The words are all written in vibrant Sharpie Marker.) Wish you could see it, in person!!!
This was a very personal piece. The main word I needed, was SAFE...never quite achieved that in it's fullest capacity, as a child. There was always the feeling of the dreaded, "Wait til your Father gets home."
As I wrote, there was a good bit of catharsis - my Father was a verbally abusive man. I don't know if he ever hit my Mother - I know he came close a few times; and he did push her, once. I stood up to him, that time - no idea how old I was.
At first, I was planning to fill the whole poster board; then my Friend, Saige, suggested I make a hand. Bingo!!! (Ty, Saige!!!) I took a picture of my open hand, then drew it freehand. After completing the edge words, and cutting it out, I stood it up on a chair, until I could work on it, again.
It was after I stuck it to the tri-fold board, that I noticed the hand actually looks like my Mother's hand. More catharsis, as I felt it was her blessing - it was a year, on May 28, 2019, that we lost her.
I want to personally thank Ozer Ministries, for the opportunities afforded me, both by this Blog and Website, AND the chance to "get my creative on" via the Art Exhibit. I appreciate being able to help to do my part to #ENDtheSILENCEofVIOLENCE
Have a good day, and be safe... #EtSoV