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A Slice of Skin

Manda McKay's avatar Manda McKay

This painting is an allegorical depiction of female genital cutting. FGC is a coming of age ritual used in many parts of the world in which young women have their genitalia removed with a knife or razor, and usually without anesthesia. This mutilation is performed to “purify” females since their body parts are considered unclean. An estimated 125 million girls have endured this “operation” and the resulting lifelong pain. Rather than showing the actual cutting, I depicted this horror with a cut open tulip and a fearsome looking seashell. The shell represents the strength of a young woman while the damaged tulip represents her mutilated body. Fortunately, this abuse is becoming less widespread as women realize that this is a violation of their body and of their human rights.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 24 inches