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Yvette Cummings
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

This body of work focuses on the way women are objectified, shamed and abused from an early age. I am exploring the complicated path of youth, beauty, femininity and the relationships of adolescence as expressed through the viewpoint of a sexual abuse survivor. I have watched my daughters in their youth and reflect on the trouble that was forced on me as a child. The narratives present the delayed, uncontrolled and repetitive nature of a survivors’ response to trauma. The characters challenge the gaze we place on adolescence and the expectations that come with beauty. In the work experiences of fear, regret, and shame are matched with feelings of anger and positions of power that come during the transition from victim to survivor.

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