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Artist Statements

NOVEMBER 19, 2014


Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

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Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

Artist Statement: Domestic Violence by the Numbers

Did you know that nine times as many people are killed in disputes between individuals, including
incidents of domestic violence, than are killed in wars and conflicts, according to a report which urges
global bodies, governments and aid agencies to review approaches to tackling violence. The purpose of
this picktochart is to inform people about the dangers and flagrancy of domestic violence.
My audience is for all people. It is for people who do not know about the dangers of domestic violence.
Its for people who look at the world in one perspective, and think that domestic violence is just a
womans issue.
For this genre, the use of color was so important to me. It didnt just make the design pretty, but it
represented something.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which we can acknowledge by wearing purple.
Why purple? Well, in the United States military, the Purple Heart is presented to those who have
been wounded while serving. For survivors of Domestic Violence, who may also be wounded
both physically and emotionally, the color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival,
honor and dedication to ending violence.
Black is not a color, strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color. When people speak of
opposites, it is usually in terms of black and white. Black, and its opposite white, represent
polarities. Black absorbs all aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to
mean hidden, fearful or bad experience. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen. In this piece I
use black to represent the life that is taken away from victims. In many situations the victim is cut
off from family and friends. The abuser takes away everything, to the point that in some cases
there is not life left in them.
White is not a color, but the manifestation of the presence of all color - the complete energy of
light. It stands for wholeness and completion. In many cultures it represents openness and truth.
Represents the victims freedom as they break free of the abuse. After breaking the cycle, they
start to come out of the darkness, and share their story.
Gray, it has a detached and isolated feeling. In this piece it is used to symbolize the way that most
victims feel whether they are still in or have escaped from a domestic violence relationship. Even
if you had escaped the danger of this abuse, there is still a disconnect from society. Most people
in domestic violence relationships are cut off from their entire family for years. So in many ways
youre on your own. For this reason, some people stay in their abusive relationship because their
abuser is all that they have.

All in all my purpose here is to spread the word about domestic violence. I leave you with a quote to
ponder, The next time the abuser tells you that the reason he is abusive towards you is something you
have done, remind yourself that no one is ever responsible for another persons actions. The next time the
abuser tells you that he wouldnt get so angry with you of you would just try harder, remind yourself of
how hard you have been trying and how little effect your efforts have had on his actions. And most
important, the next time you are lying in bed crying over something the abuser has said or done, remind
yourself of who you were before you met him.-Source Unknown

Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

Artist Statement: Disney Princess Speaks Volume

When looking for something that would really bring the survivors story to life, I came across a Disney
Princess Campaign, which showed the princesses and princes as victims of domestic violence. The aim of
the poster series is to encourage victims to report their cases in order for the authorities to prevent it from
happening again, Hoax explained on his website. The poster series shows Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella,
Jasmine and Ariel with black eyes and blood coming from cuts on their faces. Each poster is
accompanied by the caption, "When did he stop treating you like a princess? It's never too late to put an
end to it. "The controversial poster series, which was rolled out last week online caught the attention of
pop culture website Buzzfeed. "I think the act of domestic violence itself is shocking," said Hoax in a
phone interview with ABC Action News Tuesday. "If we want to tackle it in any way we have to shock
the audience in order for us to pass the message across3."
For this genre I take the words of a women who was in an abusive relationship, and make them come to
life. On the page you see Princess Jasmine form from the words of this womans story. In many ways it
shows the strength that victims of domestic violence have. You put all of your trust in your significant
other and are let down by the person you trust the most
I choose a Disney Princess to be the spotlight for domestic violence because as children, most of us, grow
up thinking that the world is a magical kingdom like we see in the movies.. As children, girls have a
misunderstanding of what it means to be in love and find that they have problems with relationships later
on. In the movies, the princesses are always paired with princes that live in castles. Girls will grow up
thinking that they must fall in love with men that will live in beautiful palaces. It will teach them that they
will only be happy with men that have money instead of loving men for who they truly are apart from
their income and possessions2.Big mansions and designer clothes may get you noticed but is it worth
living in fear and risking your life.
In the eyes of teens and younger kids it shows them that nothing in this world is perfect, and introduces
them to the enormity of domestic violence. But for the survivors I chose Jasmine because she is very
strong minded. Jasmine is one of the most assertive princesses. She is never afraid to speak her mind. She
stands for what she believes to be right, and she always speaks her mind. She is a role model to those who
need to speak up for themselves more and find themselves hemmed in by the expectations of others.
When Jasmine thinks something is wrong, she speaks up. Jasmine does not fit the typical feminine ideal,
and she shows that thats okay. Jasmine is also crafty in the way she adapts to situations that are difficult
and unfamiliar. She is an example of a woman using cunning, and in a positive light. She shows that a
woman does not need to be seen and not heard and a woman using her wits is something to be
admired1.In a way its kind of ironic. We have someone that is clearly head strong and is afraid of
nothing, being beat down by a man. In this genre Jasmine is represented in two ways. For survivors it
says I made it through, I may have some scars but Im still here1 and Im going to fight to end Domestic
Violence. Raising awareness and providing education about domestic violence, and empowering
survivors with the knowledge that they are not alone and help is available is critical.



Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

Artist Statement: When do we Clock out??

If baseball is Americas pastime, then football is its passion. Especially after the rise of television,
American gridiron football has become the countrys premier spectator sport, even though other sports
such as basketball, baseball/softball, and soccer boast far more recreational participants. Football also is
American cultures greatest spectacle, the primary sporting focus of homecoming and holiday
celebrations and one of the countrys most prominent faades to the world. Through widely-watched
events such as the Super Bowlprofessional footballs annual world championship gameand college
footballs various Bowl games on New Years Day, football provides a stage for Americans to celebrate
local, regional, national, ethnic, collegiate, and other identities, as well as a stage for American
corporations and universities to promote themselves and their products. Indeed, no other sport carries as
much symbolic baggage as does American football. A violent, rigidly hierarchical, and highly gendered
sportthe sporting equivalent of the militaryfootball is often seen by its supporters and detractors alike
as the embodiment of everything that is right (or wrong) about American culture and
With all the hype surrounding the National Football League and domestic violence, I wanted to shine
a light on the aggressive tendencies of professional athletes. When they leave the field do all the emotions
go with them? In a study conducted by Benjamin Morris they came to figure out that:

For most crimes, NFL players have extremely low arrest rates relative to national averages.
Their relative arrest rate for domestic violence is much higher than for other crimes.
Although the arrest rate for domestic violence may appear low relative to the national average for
25- to 29-year-old men, it is probably high relative to NFL players income level (more than
$75,000 per year) and poverty rate (0 percent).

For this genre I took a series of clips and displayed the culture of the pro football player and reflected on
their actions. This genre will appeal more to people who feel as if contact sports do not have an effect on
the mind set of an athlete.

Jasmine Tyson
UWRT 1102

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