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Stapled Apart - 22"x30" Watercolor Painting

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This is a large (22"x30") original watercolor painting on 90 lb cold press Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor pigments are high-quality Daniel Smith colors.

This is a part of a series of watercolors ("Hesitant, Hurt, and Healing Flowers") created for my senior honors thesis at Eastern Michigan University, where I graduated with a BFA in watercolor and graphic design. This painting falls decidedly into the "Hurt" category. The staples have wrenched the rose apart so thoroughly that it seems unlikely it will be able to reconstruct its life.

For more on this painting specifically, check out this blog post:
http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/2015/09/hanging-by-petal-stapled-apart-bound.html

These thesis paintings were featured on a recent French-Canadian documentary series "L'art Erotique" (which aired on ARTV in January-February 2016 in Montreal). This painting was also shown at the EMU Honors Art Exhibition in Ford Gallery in 2010 and the EMU Undergraduate Symposium in 2010.

It will require custom matting/framing, due to its custom size. (Mats and framing not included.)

This painting depicts rose petals that were assaulted with numerous staples. The palette in this one is not the pinks, yellows, and violets I used in most of the rest of the series. Instead, I experimented with darker colors, browns, and sickly yellow-greens. I feared that pleasant colors might cause confusion about what the paintings were about - that they might be "too pretty" - and so created this painting so there would be no confusion over whether or not I was advocating violence or celebrating violence with my artwork. The darker, more neutral colors in this piece are sinister, portraying better than the others the pain, frustration, terror, and turmoil that might be associated with sexual violence.

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From my thesis -

This painting was created to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and female genital mutilation (a practice still prevalent in certain areas of the world). Statistics show that one out of every three or four women experience sexual violence, so it is likely that everyone knows someone who has experienced sexual trauma or rape. Most often a woman is raped or assaulted by someone she knows (such as a significant other, relative, neighbor, or adult in a position of authority), but these 'acquaintance rapes' are very rarely reported. The National Organization of Women estimates that every year 1.2 million women are forcibly raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once. Similarly, a Ms. magazine survey in 1994 found that eighty-four percent of those raped knew their attacker. According to this data then, acquaintance rape and date rape are more common than left-handedness, heart attacks, and alcoholism. Women are taught to be wary of strangers and avoid walking alone at night, but these strategies do not take into account the reality of the majority of rape situations. By showing how easily flowers are torn and damaged by outside objects, I am trying to raise awareness of the alarming frequency of sexual assault and rape.

I purchased and destroyed real flowers with safety pins, straight pins, tape, staples, and clips. I later used photographs taken while mutilating the flowers as references to create these watercolor paintings. I chose to use flowers as a stand-in for female sexuality in general, and the vulva specifically, because it was important to me that the viewer be sympathetic toward the victim - not turned on by it. These are roses that are physically harmed - roses that are being actively assaulted, or roses that are obviously damaged from a past assault. I hope the viewers see the beauty in the rose itself; not the act done to it. The rose carries the potential for strength and beauty *despite* the trauma it has endured, not *because* of it.

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You can find my honors thesis ("Flower Symbolism as Female Sexual Metaphor") at: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/238/ if you are interested in reading more about the symbolism in this painting. A hard copy is also available for purchase on Amazon.

I have also written extensively about my thesis, positive and negative flower symbolism, female sexuality, and feminism on my blog: http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/search/label/thesis

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This is a large (22"x30") original watercolor painting on 90 lb cold press Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor pigments are high-quality Daniel Smith colors.

This is a part of a series of watercolors ("Hesitant, Hurt, and Healing Flowers") created for my senior honors thesis at Eastern Michigan University, where I graduated with a BFA in watercolor and graphic design. This painting falls decidedly into the "Hurt" category. The staples have wrenched the rose apart so thoroughly that it seems unlikely it will be able to reconstruct its life.

For more on this painting specifically, check out this blog post:
http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/2015/09/hanging-by-petal-stapled-apart-bound.html

These thesis paintings were featured on a recent French-Canadian documentary series "L'art Erotique" (which aired on ARTV in January-February 2016 in Montreal). This painting was also shown at the EMU Honors Art Exhibition in Ford Gallery in 2010 and the EMU Undergraduate Symposium in 2010.

It will require custom matting/framing, due to its custom size. (Mats and framing not included.)

This painting depicts rose petals that were assaulted with numerous staples. The palette in this one is not the pinks, yellows, and violets I used in most of the rest of the series. Instead, I experimented with darker colors, browns, and sickly yellow-greens. I feared that pleasant colors might cause confusion about what the paintings were about - that they might be "too pretty" - and so created this painting so there would be no confusion over whether or not I was advocating violence or celebrating violence with my artwork. The darker, more neutral colors in this piece are sinister, portraying better than the others the pain, frustration, terror, and turmoil that might be associated with sexual violence.

-

From my thesis -

This painting was created to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and female genital mutilation (a practice still prevalent in certain areas of the world). Statistics show that one out of every three or four women experience sexual violence, so it is likely that everyone knows someone who has experienced sexual trauma or rape. Most often a woman is raped or assaulted by someone she knows (such as a significant other, relative, neighbor, or adult in a position of authority), but these 'acquaintance rapes' are very rarely reported. The National Organization of Women estimates that every year 1.2 million women are forcibly raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once. Similarly, a Ms. magazine survey in 1994 found that eighty-four percent of those raped knew their attacker. According to this data then, acquaintance rape and date rape are more common than left-handedness, heart attacks, and alcoholism. Women are taught to be wary of strangers and avoid walking alone at night, but these strategies do not take into account the reality of the majority of rape situations. By showing how easily flowers are torn and damaged by outside objects, I am trying to raise awareness of the alarming frequency of sexual assault and rape.

I purchased and destroyed real flowers with safety pins, straight pins, tape, staples, and clips. I later used photographs taken while mutilating the flowers as references to create these watercolor paintings. I chose to use flowers as a stand-in for female sexuality in general, and the vulva specifically, because it was important to me that the viewer be sympathetic toward the victim - not turned on by it. These are roses that are physically harmed - roses that are being actively assaulted, or roses that are obviously damaged from a past assault. I hope the viewers see the beauty in the rose itself; not the act done to it. The rose carries the potential for strength and beauty *despite* the trauma it has endured, not *because* of it.

-

You can find my honors thesis ("Flower Symbolism as Female Sexual Metaphor") at: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/238/ if you are interested in reading more about the symbolism in this painting. A hard copy is also available for purchase on Amazon.

I have also written extensively about my thesis, positive and negative flower symbolism, female sexuality, and feminism on my blog: http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/search/label/thesis

Thanks for visiting!

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(18)
Reviewed by Mary
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 26, 2017
This beautiful artwork is on a nice card stock. The design and color options are wonderful depicting our love of the Great Lakes.
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Reviewed by BadgerACat
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 22, 2017
Just beautiful, I’m looking forward to see my daughters expression on Christmas. Michigan is our favorite vacation spot.
The Great Lakes - Pack of Six Blank A2 Notecards - Watercolor Art Prints

Reviewed by blakedempsey1
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 3, 2017
Painting came out great! My wife loved it. Lot's of detail. Andrea Did an awesome job. I will recommend this to other for there 4th anniversary.
Custom 8"x10" Flower Bouquet Painting

Reviewed by calliopehandknits
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 12, 2017
Always love finding products depicting our beloved Great Lakes. Andrea’s beautiful colors made these cards a fine gift for giving.
The Great Lakes - Pack of Six Blank A2 Notecards - Watercolor Art Prints

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