The “Hunters and The Hunted” is a series of works designed to call attention to the ongoing physical and mental abuse towards women in our society. Women have been the “Hunted” in society for as long as history prevails and in today’s modern age they still are victimized. The subject is not a popular one – swept under the rug and ignored by the mass media for more pleasantly entertaining stories. The media continues to cast women in a powerless mode, as sexual commodities, hampering any real progress towards their “rights”. In order to be equal in society, women must first be freed from their role as victim – both mentally and physically. Giving faces to these hidden women is my way to help expose domestic abuse, to place it in the forefront of our mindset, in hopes change will occur.
Artistic Thoughts & Ponders
Does a portrait automatically put a person in a positive light? Do interesting faces become more worthy just because someone has based a piece of art on them? This is just one of the many questions contemplated and addressed in this series. What kind of assumptions does the general public make about someone when they see them carefully rendered and framed on a wall? When they find out the identity may be a “bad” person – does that make the face less interesting? Grouping the men together with famous felons, does it make them all guilty until proven innocent? Does using a knife on a scratchboard to render the faces of abusers provide some sort of therapy?
And what about the nameless “victims” of these men, faceless and hidden due to the media’s intruding spotlight? Are they the girl next door? Or the woman you just chatted with at the grocery store? Represented in a large format and in color, does it make them any less abused? Does it lend a little strength and honor to their “victim” status.
In Your Face – Made You Look
Art is a powerful player in the way we view a human being. What does it say about the mindsets and predispositions of the audience? Can ignorance, media and art elevate evil humanity to an undeserved status, up on a pedestal? Can art soothe and pay tribute to a victim? And does art “validate” just about anyone? If you’re famous – you’re okay. And why do we turn away from facing the horrors going on in every neighborhood? Turning a blind eye can only perpetuate the problem, we must address it face on, see it, look at it and finally stop it.
The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.
3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S.
The FBI recorded 85,593 rapes in 2010.
18,000 women have been killed by men in domestic violence disputes since 2003.
1 in 4 women who will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
70% of women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.