"In the Hands of the Beholder" Ryleigh Delbiondo
The artwork, “Abuse is in the Hand of the Beholder”, represents a man’s physical abusive behavior towards a woman in Nigeria. Abuse can be shown in many ways throughout a family, religion, and government. This piece of art shows how family abuse is something that should be put to a stop.
First, I will start by explaining the hand. This hand is a Nigerian man’s hand made out of thicker wood. This shows how strong the man is because of the thick wood it is made out of. This hand, being thicker and larger than the woman, represents how much power Nigerian men have over their family. The colored skin shows how domestic violence in Nigeria is becoming a big issue.
Next, the woman is made out of a thinner piece of wood than the man. The girl or woman, is also a lot smaller in comparison to the man's hand showing weakness. This woman represents someone being passed out from so much abuse to her and her family. Her bloody lip represents where she got hit. Woman don't have a say in their abuse in Nigeria.
Over all, abuse can be shown throughout many different ways including family abuse. You can see that Nigerian men have the right to abuse their wives and kids. It is not right and should be put to a stop immediately. I learned throughout creating this piece, that the woman and family members need more help to stop the abusiveness of their spouses.
"Religous Weapons" Linnea Prudell
The artwork, “Religious Weapons” , represents the abuse and violence between the two biggest religious groups in Nigeria, which are Christianity and Islam. Abuse can be shown in many different aspects including family abuse, religious abuse, and governmental abuse. This piece of art shows that religion does not always have a positive outcome.
First, I'll start by explaining the religious symbols and the way they are used. The symbols are used as weapons in this scenario. This shows how religion can be used as a reason to fight, and a source for pain and suffering. The symbols of Christianity and Islam (being the cross and the moon and star) wrapped in barbed wire while being used as weapons to come at the other side. This shows the outbreak of violence reoccurring between these two religions in Nigeria.
Next, the people on each side holding the symbols represent where they come from. The Islamics and Christians are split as seen with their different types of clothing along with their skin color and head gear. This represents their differences in looks along with their beliefs, which is why so many outbreaks of inter-religious violence occur in Nigeria between Islam and Christianity.
Overall, abuse has many different sides and ways of occurring, not only in a family home, but abuse caused by religious factors as well. You can see that violence occurs often between religious groups and people need to be aware of that. Religion can cause more than joy and serenity, it can cause pain and suffering as well.