Content and Trigger Warning: Sensitive subject matter and some nudity. Some of the content may trigger strong emotional responses.
Welcome To The
A Virtual Collection of Art by Survivors of Sexual Assault
“Colors Of Freedom”
It represents the feelings of being free. I am a survivor of sexual abuse and with that I included my handprint and my definition as a survivor.
These two other go together because it portrays the things my abuser DID to my body and what I WISH I would've done to him. I am silver and he is gold because I felt that gold is more valuable than silver. In our relationship this is how it was. I was made to feel like I needed to worship him. The hands on my body are his and the feet on his are mine. For me, a painting has to be intimate. I have to be able to get into what I am creating because I want my audience to know what I felt. I want them to be able to relate and know that I have gone through it too. Clearly I was angry. If your look closely you can see that I signed my initials, KK on both. On the one portraying me, I have KK in gold across my heart because that is what he was to me at the time, my heart. On him, the initials are silver and near his pelvis area because that is what I was to him.
“Healing Vision No. 1”
A bedroom installation where reality and dream collide. Born and improvised out of struggle, this piece is dedicated to sexual assault survivors. Words cover objects, objects overlap, objects cast shadow. Shadow is darkness, darkness is necessary. Darkness turns to light. Light is abstract abundant fantasy. These things collide just as they do in the healing process. Truth is exposed, pain is real, bodies don’t look like bodies anymore. Figures, folded. Feelings, hidden. For you to find.
Sarah Jo Ferraro
I am safe to express myself.
I am safe to be in my body.
I am safe to live in my passion.
I am safe to reach for my dreams.
I am safe.
Yarn Cave is a traveling immersive installation asking viewers to indulge in an altered whimsical reality valued by yarn and “women’s work” . This single, gaudy material buries the existing surfaces of everyday items shedding them of any masculinity. Each detail is invested towards experiencing this sanctuary through more tactile senses beyond the eye; its true desire is to welcome all.
The tedious repetition of the process and patterns has developed into an art therapy practice I use to cope with my post traumatic stress disorder.
My heart was once rooted with anger, confusion, emptiness, guilt, and sadness. Painting has allowed me to acknowledge my emotions and it taught me how to be patient with every healing process. I planted a new garden in a space where I needed it the most.
These two go together and they sort of explain themselves. On the back, showing through is "But he said sorry" and "Agony". Empowered was deliberately spelled wrong because at this point in time I was not fully empowered. I was learning and trying to figure out what that word meant for me. I chose the word "surrendered" because that's what I did. I surrendered to my abuser because I was tired and scared. The sentences written in black sharpie were quotes of some of our text messages. The "Empowered" piece has his words on it, and "Surrendered" has what I would say in response.
This was one of my focal points...a jar of buttons, different sizes-textures-colors, and a pillow I hung onto. Together I made this pillow. It was great to get me through some bad times. It was just absorbing.
Part of my healing journey has been focal point artwork.
Paint By Number Fish:
Paint by number really helps me focus.
I call this piece “Deep in the soul”. My name is MeKila I was molested for about 2 years by my step father when I was around 5 years old. I learn to make my traumatizing memories and over come them, putting them into something beautiful.