I recently saw a social media post where someone had fairly queried why many news articles/posters etc use photographs of "black eyes" when discussing domestic abuse as of course physical violence is just one element of it. This is actually something I’d wanted to qualify about my own work for a while. 


Using bruising/injury in visual content draws the image to the viewer’s attention thereby sparking, if just momentarily, a reaction to the subject. It’s incredibly difficult to visually portray other elements of domestic abuse in a manner which will impact the viewer in the very small window of time that there is to do so and in no way is my artwork intended to be hurtful, offensive or gratuitous.

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