A design student from Swansea has created a powerful exhibition to raise awareness of sexual assult in England and Wales.
In her final degree exhibition at the Cardiff School of Art and Design Summer Show. Dunvant woman Sadie Evans aimed to tackle the shocking statistic that each year around 85,000 women and 12,000 men are sexually assaulted.
Miss Evans, a final year student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, will donate 50 per cent of all proceeds from the sales of her work to Rape Crisis England and Wales.
As a contemporary jewellery maker, her installation includes a jewellery collection of 1,848 brooches, which reflect the number of assault incidents that occur in any given week. The exhibition also features a series of mirrored brooches, which when looked at from a certain angle reveal the number 97,000; which is the total number of incidents which occur in the United Kingdom in a year.
By asking visitors to wear and purchase these brooches, people are encouraged to have a more open dialogue about the difficult topic and contribute to increasing awareness of sexual assult.
She said: “The troubling statistic that I used to inform my work amounts to roughly eleven rapes, of adults alone, every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempted assault.
“Having this many brooches in front of you creates the visual impact of my work. I chose to use simple and bold colours to grab the attention of viewers in the hope that this would start a conversation about the high levels of rape in the United Kingdom.
“I have always loved creating jewellery and art that reflects my outlook and experiences in life and this is why I chose the degree course at Cardiff Met. During the last few years I have become passionate about the feminist cause, partly from the rise in social media and the instant access to information and news on the internet.
“My original jewellery concept was based on the ‘Slut Walk’ movement, the protest marches that call for an end to ‘rape culture’, which involves victim blaming and ‘slut shaming’ of sexual assault victims.
“When developing my ideas and style, I was inspired by the women who attend the marches and the rhetoric they use to enforce their points. However, I found it challenging to translate this effectively into a jewellery piece, so I decided to draw attention to actual rape statistics in my work, to highlight the plight of women and their objectification and generate a more serious conversation with this issue at the forefront of our minds.”
She added: “I am shocked and appalled at the inequality between men and women across the world, and the statistics on sexual violence specifically against women are appalling, so I decided to combine my creativity with my dedication to activism to alert people to these shocking figures.”