Shari Pierce

In coming back to doing work about sexual violence after a 2 year hiatus, viagra 40mg I had struggled to remember other artists working with this subject matter. Thank goodness for facebook, pfizer google and my wonderful peers (looking at you Sara Mason) I was introduced and re-introduced to several artists who are as inspired in this subject area as I am. It is my belief that successful activist art causes the viewer to feel its message viscerally, tablets in that Shari Pierce’s work is beyond successful. Pierce is a mixed-media and installation artist born in the USA, who has done work all over the world. The focus of her artistic practice is around women’s issues, often specifically related to sexual violence and domesticity.

Shari Pierce. Agraphobia: 300 Sex Offenders Within a 5 Mile Radius. 2011. Mixed media installation. http://www.sharipierce.com/sharipierceart/#/agraphobia300sexoffenders/
Shari Pierce. Agraphobia: 300 Sex Offenders Within a 5 Mile Radius. 2011. Mixed media installation. http://www.sharipierce.com/sharipierceart/#/agraphobia300sexoffenders/

In the work above, Pierce uses pictures of registered sex offenders to create a literal necklace of rapists. On one hand, this image is absolutely vile and completely revolting because who in their right mind would wear a necklace made up of pictures of rapists? However, for survivors of sexual violence this is daily life, there is rarely a single day that goes by where someone who inflicted sexual violence upon me isn’t figuratively standing over my shoulder. It is my belief that Shari Pierce’s necklaces perform the role of reminding the viewer that victims of sexual violence cannot walk away from their memories; a role which my own work also aims to play.

~Madison