Lauren Elizabeth Cunningham
Pastel, graphite and string on paper
24" x 18"
The spelling of the word "rope" has been modified by one letter, resulting in a similar yet profoundly different word, "rape." This causes the viewer to look twice at and reflect on the implications of the text. Replacing the "o" in rope with an "a" is like raping the word itself. Just as a rape victim is forever impacted by the traumatic experience, the word has been fundamentally altered, even though it maintains its overall shape.