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Between January 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 at least 117 children died as a result of domestic violence in the United States. After death, a body bag is often used to protect the body as it is being transported from the scene of the crime, often the child's home. This body bag contains one white rose for each of these children symbolizing their innocence and purity.

Going 'Undercover' is an innate response of those experiencing domestic violence. Public and private lives are separate. The emotional and psychological effects of domestic violence are often undetectable to the naked eye. Victims often cover up their abuse in their public personas by hiding the physical and emotional effects. But privately, they exhibit their cuts, bruises and fear. "Undercover" reveals the public and private personas of these individuals.

Hanji, silk thread, hand dyed
48" x 64"
(112.92 cm x 162.56 cm)
Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

At least 1160 individuals were killed in the United States as a result of domestic violence between January 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014. Typically domestic homicides are defined as deaths that occur at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. But they also include family members, significant others, those sharing a home, or others killed because of a domestic relationship, such as a new partner or non-biological child. "Necrology" presents 1160 scraps of paper, each bearing the name of one victim as an act of remembrance.

Hanji, thread, rust stained
54" x 118"
(137.16 cm x 299.72 cm)
Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

The wrapping of a corpse has taken place since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Strips of fabric, some with words written on them, are tightly wound around a body serving as a form of protection and preservation. In 2013, at least 37 Minnesotans lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. These cerecloths act as a remembrance of those individuals.

Hanji, silk thread, hand dyed
varies upon installation
Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

Collateral Damage
Hanji (Korean Mulberry Paper), Hand Dyed, Thread, Zipper, Roses
50.5" x 36" (128.27 cm x 91.44 cm)
Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

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