“We Are (In)visible)” by Vernelle A. A. Noel, features a series of wire sculptures bent into a series of faces, behind which are mirrors. We look not only at these faces, but also look beyond them into the mirrors that reflect our own faces. Our reflections are distorted such that we have to search for who we are. The shadows cast by these pieces further distort tangible and intangible aspects of our who we are and our humanity in ways that we all need to grapple with. As victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and preventers of violence, we are asked to see ourselves, see how violence in its many forms distorts us, and see how it distorts those who endure it. The work asks that we reflect on how we are affected by and implicated in violence as individuals, in our private homes, our communities, societies, and nations. It asks that we do the work of seeing how violence distorts us and work to eradicate it from our lives.
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