WORK TITLE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
aRTIST: laura ELINE goldberg
mEDIUm: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
As a teenager, discovering my own womanhood in South Africa, I was struck by how privileged I was compared to women of other sexualities and ethnicities. There, black lesbians are systematically at-risk of being ‘correctively’ raped into heterosexuality. This particular brand of hetero-normative hate occurs almost nowhere else in the world, but like all rape, perpetrators persistently get away with it. Alongside my high school thesis on this twisted topic, I made this painting in my art class. The feelings of cultural oppression and the constant war for self-acceptance that inflict silence and isolation, are feelings that I gathered from the stories of survivors, which I tried to make seen in the eyes of the woman in this painting.
Laura Eline Goldberg is an Artist and Tattoo Artist. She aspires one day to be an Art Therapist and currently holds a Master's Degree in Psychology. She comes from South Africa and currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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