Recent work; sized 50X65; watercolor on HQ Torchon paper
This work was made on the Day of Girls when - what a striking coincidence - I've learned about Bresha Meadows' story…
First the idea of such a drawing came to me in the days my Facebook feed was full of discussions about who is right and who is to be blamed when violence occurs, and one of my soul mates simulteneously was strugggling with hurtful flashbacks because of violence in her childhood. I tried to be helpful with all my heart, but facing such a deep tragedy of my friend I felt helpless. After our long night talk I took my sketchbook and made a rough drawing... It looked helpless and frightenning... And I put it aside immediately until... Until recently, right on the Day of Girls I've learned about #BreshaMeadows sentenced to whole life in prison for shooting her heartless abuser, who multiply raped her and her mother. And I took my Flower drawing again and I've decided to finish it.
Woman is a beautiful flower - this is what poets and romantics like to cite. But why flower? Because her beauty is not eternal at all? Because it's decaying with time - we have such a cliche... May be because one can pick her up? And she can be pasive and won't resist even if being devoured by some grass-eating goat? A human being has legs to go away, voice to protest against violeting his/her private psychological and physical boundaries. And a human being has hands to act and defend him/herself. I'm quite fed up with this bullshit about no defence against violators. No. Deep in their dark souls all violators are cowards holding in contempt themselves and the only things they take advantage of is inability of victims to protect his/herself and fear to talk about act of violation.
It would be perfect in case our commutity could presume defauld innocence of a victime and in all cases of aggression, violation and harrassment only aggressor could be blamed and never the victime brave enought to repel this aggression.