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Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse is overlooked and excused in our society because unlike physical abuse no marks or traces of evidence are left on the victim. However, the repercussions of such abuse psychologically “scar” the victim.

This series of self-portraits evolved from a former relationship with a man so verbally abusive I began to question my sanity and value not only as a partner, but as a person. This relationship was the catalyst for this series.

I stamped upon my body the words that preyed upon me, words that “scarred” my self-esteem. Though not visible, these words will forever be imprinted on my psyche.
I inverted the black and white tones for several reasons. I wanted the text to be tangible and yet translucent. Words do not have a physical property. However, they can wreak emotional havoc and take a physical toll. Although these images are self-portraits, I removed my identity by inverting the tones, just as verbal abuse eradicates the identity of the victim. Iconically, then, these self-portraits also become universal images of your mothers, daughters, and sisters. Additionally, the inverted tones allowed me to capture and accentuate every flaw that exists on my body. I want to embrace rather than erase my imperfections.

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I See Your Future: Your Future Bag Lady
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I See Your Future: Your Future Bag Lady
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Until You Have Something Important To Say, Shut The Fuck Up
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People Wonder What A Ni**er Like Me Is Doing With A White Girl Like You, They Think I Stole You From A Strip Club
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Remember If You Walk Away From Me You Are Nothing Without Me
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You Are Nothing But A Power Hungry Bitch