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Our Frustration

 

Kira Sheehan, a creative soul with a passion for empowering others, devised an anonymous online survey to delve into the sensitive topic of victim blaming. Eager to understand people’s experiences and provide a platform for catharsis, she encouraged participants to open up and share their stories, offering a space for them to unburden themselves.

With a clear intention to transform these narratives into art, Kira informed respondents that their words would serve as inspiration for a profound painting, which ultimately materialized as the collaborative masterpiece titled ‘Our Frustration.’ Enlisting the support of her friends, she invited them to join her in the studio, where together they transcribed the phrases, comments, and judgments expressed by the courageous women who took part in the survey.

The project became a powerful testament to trust, as Kira felt deeply honored to have been entrusted with these stories, recognizing the weight they carried. The realization that she had played a role in amplifying these voices filled her with immense gratitude, despite the emotional challenges that came with reading the accounts.

I designed an online anonymous survey where i asked some questions about victim blaming and if people have had some experience with it and wanted to share with me , many people shared their stories and past trauma with me as i left an area at the end of the survey for people to let go of anything they were holding onto! I had disclosed that I was going to use some of the answers for inspiration for a painting and this is what lead to ‘Our Frustration’ As I painted the phrases, comments and judgements I asked some friends would they like to join and write down anything they’ve been subjected to! So in the end this painting was a huge collaboration with many women who answered my survey and joined me in studio! It was really amazing to have been trusted with all these stories, of course it’s hard to read sometimes but knowing I helped raise a voice makes me feel very honoured!

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