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We are Survivors, Not Victims.

We are Survivors, Not Victims.

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24" x 36" original acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped 1.5" depth cotton canvas, with hanging hardware installed. Sealed and protected with Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish.

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"We are survivors, not victims" was created as part of "The Return to Equilibrium" painting series developed for an undergraduate course in preparation for year-end BFA grad show. This piece was reworked each week during the months of October and November in 2019 in response to classmate and instructor feedback.

The Return to Equilibrium series explores themes of colonization, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences. Each painting is a connection made to the stories and memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The progress of each painting expresses the journey from imposed dangerous situations to a place of healing experienced by survivors and their families. The audio which accompanied the work in exhibition begins instrumentally with ‘Ten Little Indians'—a colonial song which narrates the systematic killing of Indigenous children—and builds up to the empowering Indigenous 'Women's Warrior Song’, only to be repeated yet again. This repetition reflects the ongoing struggles that Indigenous peoples continue to face and overcome in the effort to have their voices heard in search for equilibrium.

Often, after experiencing a traumatic event, we withdraw from our daily activities. It is common to feel shock or to feel numb to the external world. There's a lot of inward thinking as we try to process what happened. Everyone response to trauma is different. It doesn't even have to be a huge, life changing event in order to experience trauma, but it is extremely stressful not matter the cause. Remember, you are a survivor. Not a victim. Also, it's okay to not be okay. This change of mindset is small, but it helped me through my traumatic event.

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