drypoint etching; 10×10”, image 6×6”

“Drawing and Printmaking students at Oak Hills High School worked under the guidance of art teacher Jamie Schorsch to create drypoint etching compositions based on a human right. The inspiration for my print came from both Articles 3 and 5. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person (3). Sexual violence violates the security of a person in that the victim loses trust in themself and others, and no longer feels safe standing next to people. Article 5 makes subjecting someone to cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishments illegal, which naturally involves sexual assault. In my print the placement of the hands is to show how controlling the aggressor is and how scared is the victim is. The flower underneath means to represent the loss of innocence. I wanted to communicate how bad sexual violence toward women is, and the statistics in the background highlights it.”

ARTIST BIO: Ashlyn Kleier is a Grade 10 student at Oak Hills High School.