The Scarlet Cord Collection with Night Cries and The Scarlet Web will be unveiled at Grand Valley State University. The evening will include a presentation by artist and facilitator Pamela Alderman and an opportunity for the visitors to co-create with the interactive healing installation.
GVSU EXHIBIT AND PRESENTATION
The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children
Grand Valley State University – Frederick Meijer Honors College
Exhibit: April 3 to 7, 2017
Presentation: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm
Frederik Meijer Honors College (multi-purpose room)
4046 Calder Dr.
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Sponsored by Frederick Meijer Honors College, GVSU Women’s Center and Eyes Wide Open.
The Scarlet Cord Collection: Night Cries
It is difficult to ignore a baby’s cry that pierces the nighttime. Every new parent desperately needs sleep, but the baby’s cry, in the dead of night, tugs at hearts and demands a response.
Like the baby’s cry, the tears and groans of the victims of sex crimes at The Scarlet Cord exhibits tugged at my heart and forced me to respond. The new painting series, Night Cries, is my creative reaction to the history of pain and devastation experienced by many who visited The Scarlet Cord.
For Night Cries, voice actors recorded actual sentences from the victims I encountered. Then a videographer turned the recordings into audio sound waves. A collection of abstract paintings have been interpreted from audio sound waves.
Though it may take a lifetime to heal from the physical, mental, and emotional wounds of the victims of sex crimes, healing is possible. Like loving parents responding to a baby’s needs, a compassionate community can tenderly help these victims begin or continue their journey to wholeness and wellbeing. We can no longer ignore the cries of those enslaved in the sex industry. A collective response is needed to help end to trafficking.