Artist Statement

Heather Peebles is an interdisciplinary, community-based artist with a focus on ending rape culture using art as a mediator for healing.  By questioning the perpetuation of oppressive systems in current healing methodologies for victim-survivors of sexual trauma, she facilitates workshops and creates work that interrupts power dynamics, promotes agency, and critically looks at additional barriers such as race and gender identities.  Multimedia paintings address the complexities of rape culture through the lens of her own trauma, utilizing symbolic and sensory materials.  Participatory work invites the viewer to hammer, untie, write, etc. to promote collective responsibility and the possibilities of change. Movement-based workshops are safe spaces in which victim-survivors can reconnect with and reclaim their body through writing, drawing, making, and dancing.

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