Artist Statement

When we hear the word rape, for a moment we feel sympathy for some unknown person and move on. Rape is negative, and since we avoid negativity, we continue scrolling, flip the channel, or change the conversation topic.


Through my own experiences, as well as a sense of responsibility and respect for all survivors, my artwork puts the subject of rape at the center of conversation. I am driven by the need to expand compassion for those who carry this weight. We think of it as a crime that rarely happens, that the attackers and “victims” are far away strangers, when normally that is not that case.


I work with various materials, such as fabric and acrylic paints, and use a range of techniques to get my message across, from line drawing to hand-sewing. My work is often composed of metaphors such as my use of hand-sewing. It takes time; it does not have short cuts and may be sloppy, much like recovery..


Each rape survivor carries an experience unique to them; their stories may never be told, or worse, may fall of deaf ears. The community is mistaken to be few, but there are millions of rape survivors. My artwork is an avenue for discussion and awareness for those unknowing. It is recognition for those living with the weight of violation forced unto them. It is validation.

Megumi Naganoma