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This is my final piece i did for my Art GCSE exam on the topic of conflict. I chose to do child abuse.

There's a lot of symbolic meaning in the piece. I drew the young girl in a cell to show how she is a victim trapped in her life of abuse. She has a black eye and looks like she is wasting away showing her destruction. the hanging teddy bear is a represetation of her childhood which has been damaged and taken from her. The dying flower in her hand is her lifeline and the receding candle represents hope. The eyes displayed behind the prisoner bars is the threat, in this case the threat being the abuser which haunts her life. The scissors which is part of the wire meshing and also where the bear is hanging from shows that if helped she will be released from her prison and be able to regain her childhood and life before its too late.

Done in black pen. References used for the wire fencing and scissors.
(c) Leo
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Beffer95 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.
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Emotional-Train Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think you should check out my child abuse sculptures. [link] and [link]
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sklauda1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Whoa... looks like what you'd see in my bedroom around age 8.
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skylineautobot23 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
umm...........that's so sad and child abuse is hell for me. :(
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Arceus-sama Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... Nice job :)
this is knda hard for me to see though, I was abused for... 13 years of my life... :/
It's hard.
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judyfarbach Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I am grabbed by your visualization and understanding. WOW.

Judy Farbach
ASCA-Kitsap (Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, Kitsap County Washington)
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Lizz132 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Amazing... And powerfull... :)
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jigokushoujo25 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student General Artist
this is amazing, it speaks to you through the picture like art should. this is briliiant and every aspect of it has a meaning behind it.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
thank you :)
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darkshadowsvampiress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
It seems this piece could really reach out to a lot of people. Power through art is amazing. Great work. <3
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BloodygirlTara Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
if it is ok with u may i use ttis for my gaiaonline profile background? my friend and i r making our profiles to help prevent child abuse and any other abuse and i wuld lik to use urs if thats ok with u ill be sure to give all credit to u in my about me section
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
That's fine if it's to support a cause and credit is given.
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BloodygirlTara Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
thnx its is and yes full credit given

here is the finished version of my gaia profile

[link]

tell mi wat u think ^^
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loverz116 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
[link] featured! :heart:
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Thank you very much :)
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loverz116 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
you welcome :]
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this. I was abused by my third grade teacher. I felt so trapped during that school year. It wasn't physical or sexual abuse but it still haunts be as an adult.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I'm sorry to hear that :( and I hope you overcome whatever you experienced in your past. Thanks for the comment, I'm glad my artwork spoke to you in someway.
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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that-car-bloke Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thats so saddening. i love all the carefull symbolism you,ve used
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thank you :) This piece is really old now, but it's probably one of the most popular pieces I've done.
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Chelliroo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Wow. You are seriously amazing, you know that? The meaning and depth of thought is great in here. And not to mention the art itself.

I'm in awe.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks :) that's really nice of you to say! and also for adding it to your favourites.

Despite how old this piece is i still think it's my best in terms of meaning and symbolism.
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elza999 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
i love the symbolic meanings behind your artwork. the scissors work particularly well :D
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Thank you :)
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ruCatalyst Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
i myself victim of childabuse... this means a lot. really touched me. im actually cryin right now. its kinda strange. when i read the part where u were talkin abou the scissors and her bein able to regain her childhood before it was too late the music i was listenin to (Angels Fall First) reached its climax... it amazin. thanks 4 puttin the candle there, it would have been 2 sad. did u come up with that scissors thing coming out of the wire mesh urself? that was amazin! u give me a lil more hope, maybe those scissors might cut my noose 2, before its 2 late... neways... u have my utter respect... i know its a lil weird... but at this one point i couldnt help it an i kissed the computer screen, on the girls face cuz she looked so sad... :heart:
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Thanks, its nice that you appreciate my piece, though i'm sorry to hear its for personal reasons! i've never experienced child abuse but i wanted to try and represent it through an illustration as i find it extremely saddening.

The scissors coming out of the mesh was something that just developed as i was working on the piece, but it fit in well with the rest of the drawing. I hope you get through what you've experienced and you have lots of support! Take care :)
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104788 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
when i read what you wrote in the corner of my eye it looks like the teady bear is swinging.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
oooo O_O bet that was creepy! :P
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cristiedunavan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
Now, this is pretty powerful stuff and makes me kinda sad *but* happy at the same time because it's such a fantastic drawing. Excellent imagery and symbolism.
I really like this a lot! Great job:)
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
Thanks! :) and thanks for the :+fav:
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CaliburlessSoul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
This is f*cking cool! I love dark art especially involving kids. And the way you've loaded it with symbols and meaning is what makes it outstanding.

There's a really good play of space and depth here and you've balanced the darks and lights of the image really well. The one thing I wish wasn't visible is the slight texture (from coloring) it the large areas of of black. Too late now obviously, but you could avoid those in future by using an ink wash. But perhaps you weren't allowed to use ink washes for this assignment.

Either way, this rocks... it's a favorite.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Don't really know anything about ink washes... :confused:

This was my exam piece a few years back so i could only use what we had there which was black pens and a black felt for the larger black areas. I don't like the texture the felt left either, but oh well. And thanks for the fav! :D
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chakrabird Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Good job adressing an important issue. Good use of black and white and your use of symbolism is interesting. You did a good job on the drawing, especially the fence and the scissors stands out and gives the image something extra. :-)
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TheTrashCaretaker Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
Really nice symbolism in this for a obviously very strong subject. The wires changing into the scissors is a very great touch in this and transition. Good job:)
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FanLampCombo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Filmographer
I love this one too! you have a great voice. Art is a language, and not many speak it as well as you do. cudos!
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EpochalypseArtStudio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005   Digital Artist
That is so amazing, your attention to detail and emotion behind this really makes it stand out. Excellent job.
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latest-disaster Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
thank you! oh and thanks for the fav too ^___^
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pirynz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
:heart:
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murderthis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005
brilliant.
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