Gwendolyn C Skaggs

Photo @melodiejeng


Israel's stranglehold over US civil and political life
Subservience to Israeli interests is stifling Americans' freedom of speech. For a country that proclaims to deeply value individual freedoms - how has it reached this point?


Spread awareness Purchase SILENCE IS VIOLENCE print through Bug Art NYC

Conceptual Artist and Humanitarian. Intimate Partner Violence Advocate and Activist. Forging awareness and accountability while shining 💡 on Coercive Control and Narcissistic Abuse throughout our lives, in our home, the workplace, and our government. There is no peace without liberation.

Narcissists hijack lives for supply, weaponizing love. Narcissistic leaders hijack religions and weaponize faith. Patriarchal systems of greed birthed of colonialism, imperialism and capitalism, changing our species: The death of democracy and autonomy. Read More:

How Narcissistic Leaders Present a Danger for Democracy
Pathological power: the danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths
Dissecting narcissism within politics’ highest ranks
Narcissism: Why It's So Rampant in Politics
Arrogant Narcissism: The Essence Of U.S. Foreign Policy
How the ancient Greeks kept ruthless narcissists from capturing their democracy – and what modern politics could learn from them

BUG ART NYC shines light on Domestic Violence and Coercive Control while integrating today’s global issues from social change, climate change, and public health . With the leaf artworks, conceptual artist, activist, advocate and BugArtNYC founder, Gwendolyn C Skaggs , takes her art making and personal experience to a universal level while heeding the Scientists' warning to humanity on insect extinctions and political catastrophes. SILENCE IS VIOLENCE, produced by hornworms, combines the artist’s understanding of balancing opposing forces with her knowing to look deeper into causes that disrupt and destroy the path to a just life for all sentient beings, holding oppressive systems and perpetrators accountable. The leaf embodies and reflects the cries from the voiceless, the unheard, the silenced, and the forgotten, along with the souls and spirits lost to violence and oppression. Accountability and a comprehensive understanding are key to moving towards change. The telling of stories from survivors is crucial for their recovery, crucial to ending the stigma, therefore crucial to justice. Accountability is prevention.

The message on the leaf is not a lame, feeble image for entertainment. No patent needed or warranted. Art is free to be. Censorship is driven by the oppressors, demanding silence against truth.

8 Dangerous Myths About Narcissistic Abuse
"Defined by emotional volatility, a lack of empathy, and delusions of superiority and entitlement, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is linked with interpersonal exploitation, rage, and aggression, most often directed at family members. Making matters worse, narcissists compulsively deny their behavior and project it onto the people they hurt, and they frequently cultivate a likable or even do-gooder public persona that belies their ongoing abuses behind closed doors."

"MYTH: Adults can just leave the situation. Leaving an abuser, especially a highly manipulative and vengeful narcissist, is rarely easy to do. Partners of narcissists, particularly women, are frequently isolated from friends and family, drained of financial resources, and bullied into compliance with threats of assault, withdrawal of support, loss of child custody, and homelessness. Often they are victims of childhood trauma, with vulnerability to abuse cycles."

If you or someone you care about is experiencing narcissistic abuse, there is help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline recognizes narcissistic abuse and trauma and is available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. Call 1-800-799-7233 to talk with an advocate. Or log onto The Hotline or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Knowledge is Power
Art and Power
What coercive control looks like.
Abusive Litigation And Domestic Violence Survivors
SUGAR Project Space
The Freedom Grill

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