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A Mirror of Dread

In the making

A Mirror of Dread (Oct 7, 2020 - present)
Ink, 326 layers(thus far and ongoing) high gloss polyurethane on linen on wood panel

Note: The highly reflective surface is created by layers of polyurethane. Each layer represents the days following my escape from the abuser.

In the final weeks the violence escalated, I feared going home, I dreaded weekends. Going to work was my refuge. It was where I felt safe, I would call my therapist, family, and friends. I dreaded going to my own home. Yet if I didn't, I feared it would be destroyed, like he did in the past.

Definition of mirror (Entry 1 of 2)
1 : a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection

2a : something that gives a true representation
the press
b : an exemplary model

dread verb

dreaded; dreading;
Definition of dread (Entry 1 of 3)
transitive verb
1a : to fear greatly

2 : to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face

intransitive verb
: to be apprehensive or fearful

dread noun
Definition of dread (Entry 2 of 3)
1a : great fear especially in the face of impending evil

b : extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect

2 : one causing fear


dreaded; dreading
Definition of dread (Entry 1 of 3)
transitive verb
1a : to fear greatly

2 : to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face

intransitive verb
: to be apprehensive or fearful

dread noun
Definition of dread (Entry 2 of 3)
1a : great fear especially in the face of impending evil

b : extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect (see PROSPECT entry 1 sense 4c)
dread of a social blunder

2 : one causing fear

dread adjective
Definition of dread (Entry 3 of 3)
1 : causing great fear or anxiety