Abuse. Aftermath. Recovery. Cycle. By Katerina Guthrie, Grade 12, Toronto District Christian High, a member of Christian Schools International.
My paintings explore the process and cycle of abuse based on my experiences and those of many others. Each painting has its own theme: “Abuse,” “Aftermath,” “Recovery,” and “Cycle.” The goal of the paintings is to convey the gravity, horror, and life-changing effects of abuse. I use bright, contrasting colours to depict dark imagery in order to symbolize how things are not always as they seem and how anybody can be a victim. I hope my work shows other victims of abuse that they are not alone and inspires them to speak up.