Patching a Damaged Heart

Mattie Joyner's avatar Mattie Joyner

My work aims to bring to light issues associated with sexual assault and its psychological effects on the mind. My show, Patching a Damaged Heart, speaks about identity, body image, depression, shame, guilt, and fear. To express these feelings I made a series of seven large figurative charcoal drawings on paper. The life-sized drawings heighten emotional response because it puts the work on a human scale. This makes the viewer identify with the emotions being represented. I used myself as a model because I did not want to ask someone else to be that vulnerable. By putting myself in the role of the victim, I had to act out the emotions for the photos, which gave me a small insight into the experience. I made Patching a Damaged Heart to show support and raise awareness for those who have experienced sexual assault.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 7 feet