This drawing dives into social history and art history and the controversies that lie within. The violence endured by victims of violence can not be compared to the usage of a word in art. A word symbolic of hate and hatred rather painted, written or sung will resonate and be a catalyst for change. Artists continue to use art as a spark to critical conversations around universal issues. Intimate partner violence in a cross cultural relationship is complex. If the abuser is black, and the victim is white, he may often times silence the woman by calling her a racist if she calls the police or goes to the authorities. In this journal I confront the pressing issue and strike back with a hard word, from the gut that was once physically punched by my abuser. Unlike the perpetrator, who used physical, sexual, emotional, and mental abuse to "communicate" and control, www.healthline.com/health/art-therapy-f… I, an artist, am using art to release my trauma| and gain back control of my life and well being, and pushing awareness of intimate partner violence, misogyny, bigotry and narcisisstic abuse to the forefront. "Nigger Lover" are words used by racists to refer to white women who have intimate relations with black men. In this journal entry I am keenly aware of the words toxicity and place in these times. It does not make me a racist.
It appears to have given the abuser, his enablers (triangulation), and *flying monkeys, the opportunity to utilize this journal entry to derail the abusers violence. As text book narcissists do, they will find ways, take things out of context, and rewrite narratives to play victim.
"Through methods like these, integrating art into therapy addresses a person’s whole experience. This is critical with PTSD. Trauma is not experienced just through words."
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*Flying monkeys (popular psychology):
Flying monkeys is a phrase sometimes used in pop psychology to describe people who are acting at the behest of another (common amongst narcissist) to control a targeted individual. It is a metaphor taken from the Wizard of Oz wherein the Wicked Witch of the West used winged monkeys to carry out evil deeds on her behalf.
"Triangulation" is a psychology theory that examines this and other third party influences on relationships."Triangulation" is a key element of Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory.