Deflowered (working title) is a photographic series that seeks to reclaim the metaphor of womxn as flowers as a means of healing from sexual assault.
Created in hope of personal catharsis, the photographs are intended to articulate the pain, shame, unease and swirling thoughts that remained long after act itself. The black and white photograph is imbued with a poeticism that softens and tempers this difficult subject matter. The stillness of the photograph lends an accurate silence.
The withering flora suggests the potency of the subtle, that violence does not always announce itself.
I cannot erase my assaulter's warped retellings of what happened, where he is protagonist, and I am a punchline. But I do have an immutable visual language with which to tell my story.