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No Longer

Donna Shipman's avatar Donna Shipman

Our bodies are targets. It is as if the concentric circles are tattooed to our skins. Ads take aim, politicians, partners, employers, mothers and fathers. We have trained ourselves to be aware of them. To watch where they zero in and change if we can, so the aim will be re-direct; stooped shoulders, deflected comments, accepted degradations. What if we strip ourselves of skin? What if we flay ourselves, and then stand not as the target, but in front of it? What if we stop all missiles from hitting their mark, and thereby make our next generations invisible to sight? In this piece, I say “No longer!” We are embracing the target foisted upon us, and letting our bodies, letting ourselves, become its undoing. Here we are, do what you will, stripped of the skin used to judge us, standing in front of the target used to confine us, and daring those who would fire at us. Fire. We are defiant.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: Watercolor on Paper
  • Width: 22"
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 30"