Trina Wilson, Printmaking

Artist Statement: Left by the Ark, Waiting for the Flood


In academia, media, and day-to-day interaction, abuse victims are treated as "others," like abused puppies on a television ad or stray kittens in a shelter; someone robbed of their agency needing to be pitied or saved. As a victim of abuse, I have experienced firsthand the immediate detachment and pity of audiences to our stories.

This series of works shows the psychological effects of abuse that I have experienced throughout my life, using animal symbolism as an avenue to depict the societal depersonalization and infantilization of abuse victims. The visual imagery comes from dreams and meditative brainstorming to grab onto the vestiges of my experiences and translate the resulting emotions into a visual, metaphorical experience.

Each piece in this series is representative of a specific psychological facet of different strains of abuse, whether that be a victim's responses and scars left behind long after escaping abusive relationships or the emotions felt at the heart of the experience; feeling trapped, alone, manipulated, and scared.

The lithographic method allows me to have a close, intimate relationship with these images and memories from an emotional standpoint but also a physical one. The methodical and careful undertaking of printing off a limestone or aluminum plate allowed me to spend time with the pieces and contemplate what the imagery means to me and how these challenging experiences have molded my work and life.


 

Trina Wilson Printmaking BFA
Trina Wilson Printmaking BFA
The Blood of the Covenant is Thicker than the Water of the Womb<br>2022<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>11 x 17
The Blood of the Covenant is Thicker than the Water of the Womb
2022
Lithography and Watercolor
11 x 17
Tucked Away<br>2022<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>10 x 14
Tucked Away
2022
Lithography and Watercolor
10 x 14
Meat<br>2021<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>9 x 12
Meat
2021
Lithography and Watercolor
9 x 12
Meek<br>2021<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>10 x 14
Meek
2021
Lithography and Watercolor
10 x 14
Mask<br>2021<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>10 x 14
Mask
2021
Lithography and Watercolor
10 x 14
Pieces<br>2022<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>10 x 14
Pieces
2022
Lithography and Watercolor
10 x 14
Breaking the Cycle<br>2022<br>Lithography and Watercolor<br>11 x 17
Breaking the Cycle
2022
Lithography and Watercolor
11 x 17

Martin Museum of Art

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