Shauna Spiesz

Ashland University

I am a senior Art Education/BFA major with a concentration in painting and a minor in digital art. My artwork explores the psychological issues dealt with after the occurance of a traumatic event. Throughout the course of our lives, most of us will become exposed to a dreadful life event that will consume our thoughts or affect our lives in one way or another. This dreadful life event can be defined as trauma which is an emotional response to a terrible event. Some events may occur due to outside forces, such as rape, and others may be more internal, such as the loss of a loved one, but each individual being affected is going to experience some sort of emotional strain. Some individuals have worse psychological reactions than others, but in the end, similar emotions are felt in the wake or aftermath of an adverse experience by everyone. Through my research and interviews with others who have been through a trauma, I have discovered that although the actual events may have been extremely different, the emotions that have had a bearing on one's life are all very similar. My artwork uses organic and inorganic symbols in relation to the human figure to represent how a traumatic event can alter a person’s emotional state thus allowing viewers to empathize with others struggling through the aftermath of a traumatic event.

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