For the past few semesters I’ve been trying to come up with installation ideas for graphic design, printmaking, and photography. As a graphic design student the studio has always been somewhat intimidating, watching other fine art students put up beautiful pieces and installations, I didn’t know how to compete. Graphic Advocacy for Domestic Violence came to me while sitting and listening to the lecture by Elizabeth Resnick on the Graphic Advocacy show in the McDonough. Her lecture was really inspiring, so afterwards I immediately told Kristen Gismondi, Dana Mooney, Brittney Newton, Sara Oliver, and Heather Seno; and this is how the collaboration came about. All of those artists pushed me to make it a reality, volunteering to be a part of it.
Domestic Violence is the leading cause to injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Viewers are meant to be overwhelmed and uncomfortable. In my own life I personally have never been a victim, but I have seen the effects of women who have been abused physically and emotionally. I want people to see that being taken advantage of or taking advantage of others, in any way, is not acceptable. The photographs of the three women with bitch, cunt and psycho are meant to be shocking and eye opening. The words represent the physical and emotional damage. Even though the damage is not always visible, it is very real. I have heard the excuses; they are worthless there is no excuse. This is why the screen prints on the walls are brightly colored and completely cover the walls, to show the irony of people even trying to make excuses. Almost all of the typography is handmade and very distressed showing the distress that the victims feel. The only typography that is not handmade and distressed is a very simple clean font so that the names and slurs seem clinical.
Special Thanks to
Kristen Gismondi: Photographer
Dana Mooney: Printmaker & Model
Brittney Newton: Model
Sara Oliver: Printmaker & Model
Heather Seno: Printmaker