8” x 10” letterpress print, unframed
signed and numbered from limited edition of 98
Indelible is a limited-edition letterpress print featuring a quote from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony during the Kavanaugh hearing. Each unframed 8” x 10” print is signed and numbered, and was printed in an edition of 98 because an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Half of the proceeds from this project will be donated to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)—the organization that administers the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
This textural print shows a sentence diagram of part of her response when asked what her strongest memory is from the incident: “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter… the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense.”
I chose to present her words as a diagram because it matched the logical and clinical way in which she described such an emotionally charged memory. The visible sentence structure is intended to echo how our system supports toxic masculinity while dismissing the voices of the survivors. This method of printing creates an impression in the thick paper, but only the word “laughter” is pressed in with ink to reflect how, even though her testimony has since faded from the news cycle, the laughter during her assault will stay with her forever.
It takes incredible courage for women like Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill to relive their worst memories in front of the whole world. By speaking up, they have given many others the strength to come forward with their own survival stories. The number of calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline tripled on the day that Dr. Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I wanted to create something that acknowledges the enduring trauma of sexual assault while honoring the strength of its survivors.