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Those who are blind, I CAN help see.
* The following is an update from the artist, submitted on May 28, 2013:
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of I CAN WE CAN. Initially, when creating my hand design, I was drawing only blanks. I have seen and been subject to domestic violence, but I did not know how to express those experiences on my hand. I began to think, what were my thoughts during the time of my exposure to domestic violence? One word came to mind: blind.
I remember waking up and feeling helpless in my situation. I wanted to get away but I didn’t know how; I didn’t want to be alone. Fighting domestic violence can be harder even after the incident has been resolved, due to the lack of direction and overwhelming fear of the unknown.
I was one of the people who kept going back. I kept hurting others, I kept getting hurt. I feel as if I was walking through life blindly, not knowing what was better out there, not knowing that love didn’t have to hurt. I was walking blindly just to survive and hope for a miracle of light.
One day, I got enough courage to leave my abuser. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I did not want to answer to the reasons of my ‘willingness’ to be subject to domestic violence, but I did answer them, and even though it took a few years, I was able to get my miracle light. I found my light by being active, by telling myself everything will be alright, and relishing in the moments of happiness.
After going through all of that, and just getting over my abuse two years ago, I was staring at my hand drawing blanks. How can I portray such emotion, how can I illustrate years of abuse in a single palm?
And that is where I got my idea. "Those who are blind, I CAN help see." Since this workshop, I have decided I would fight for truth. It is not easy to see who is currently going through domestic violence, but we can only try to help.
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