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In 2010, approximately 432 women died at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. This number includes the deaths of women in the relationship and related family members. Femicide Garden is a memorial to these women and girls.

Each black rose represents a victim. Their height corresponds to the age of the victim at the time of her death, which ranged from a few weeks to 89 years. Throughout history, black roses have signified farewell, the end of a relationship, a tragic love or death.

Two white housedresses float above a bed of roses. The housedress represents domesticity. It embodies devotion and service to home life and the care of family. It wraps and protects the body and acts as a second skin, holding the essence of the individual who wears it. Holes distinguish these housedresses from others; they show signs of stress and are disintegrating. Their lives shortened.

Mulberry paper is the primary material in this installation. The mulberry fiber can be delicate, fine, vulnerable, and transparent. It can also be tough, strong, rough, wild, and opaque. All qualities shared by women. The mulberry fiber is found in the inner bark of the tree, the life force of this plant. It is the transportation system, which carries the nutrients that control the tree’s growth and heals its wounds. Mulberry trees also share the female quality of producing a milky sap associated with nurturing, caring and mothering.

The intent of Femicide Garden is to build awareness, create positive social change and help end domestic violence.

Dissolving Dream
2011
Hanji, thread, buttons
34" x 17.5" x 5"
(86.4 cm x 44.5 cm x 12.7cm)
Photo Credit: Warwick Green

Dissolving Dream
2011
Hanji, thread, buttons
34" x 17.5" x 5"
(86.4 cm x 44.5 cm x 12.7cm)
Photo Credit: Warwick Green

Femicide Garden
2011
Hanji (Korean mulberry paper), thread, wire, sand, vases
Photo Credit
Installation: Petronella Ytsma

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