Operation Consent was a project created by artist Calypso in 2015. The project was based around the concept of bringing awareness to a major issue that we currently face in society, the act of and culture surrounding rape. With awe-striking statistics like, 1 in 6 women has been a victim of sexual assault, it is a wonder that this topic has yet to be addressed in a more concentrated manner. According to RAINN, 82% of all juvenile victims are women, while 90% of adult rape victims are also women. It is statistics like these that make women uncomfortable but should also make men feel uneasy as well. We all have mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, etc that we genuinely and truly care about, yet numbers like these only rise as the years pass.
The point of Operation Consent was to bring awareness through an art experience but my goal was to paint a visual image of these horrific acts. Rape, Sexual assaualt, Mental & Verbal abuse are all tied hand-in-hand. It is our duty as men to not only stand along side women as their counterparts but stand alongside women as humans that respect the co-existence of each other. I creatively orchestrated these images in hopes that the numbers would be brought to life, in hopes that these images would be shared & spread vigorously so that these images would become the catalyst for true change.
Project Semicolon is a campaign from a non-profit organization of the same name, that was founded in 2013. Being aware of mental illnesses plaguing the youth, it was fitting to attach depression and suicide in an art project. The goal of art is always to bring attention to these social issues and hope that change can happen as a result.