I often wonder if others have experienced what I have. A moment in time where the universe uncompromisingly changes everything for you in an instant, and you can pinpoint exactly the moment of a spiritual death of sorts, the moment you emerge as a completely different person. I’ve always called this the spectral knife, it’s like a blade comes from nowhere and cuts you, cuts things, circumstances and people uncompromisingly away from you. The force is unstoppable and you never are the same person you were before. And maybe you mourn. Or maybe you don’t. I’ve experienced this twice in my life. This is only one of the many things I see in my mind’s eye when I think of these fateful moments. #darkart #sketchbook #quicksketch #drawing #heavymetalart #gothicart #scythe #saturn #spiritualdeath #death #art #statenislandartist #drawing #pencil #pencilsketch #sketchings #fantasyart #fantasyartwork #blackmetalart
I’ve had people ask me over the years to do something political. My response was always that you should be careful what you wish for, you might not like what I say. Here you go, have at it.
Mental illness in women has historically been used to oppress women. A woman declaring agency over her own life was unheard of, and If you didn’t conform to the norms of society you were either a witch and burned or hysterical and committed. Committed women were given hysterectomies, or lobotomized, or subject to electric shock. You will conform to society’s plans for you, or you will die or rot in an asylum, half the person you ever were. To this day, the mental health of women isn’t deemed important, there is a lot of hysteria 😉 surrounding the verbiage in the new New York Abortion Law, because the “life and health” of the mother in the state of New York includes mental health. What is wrong if it does What if a woman is mentally unfit to be a mother What if the prospect of becoming a mother destroys her mental health What if she feels confined to flesh and bone prison stemming from the only thing that puts her in this position, her womanhood Is this not important Do we force a woman to birth and give her shock therapy Motherhood can be macabre. It can be a monstrous position to be in, it is the leading cause of death—everyone who is ever born, dies. You are given the gift of life, the gift of death. It’s a tremendous responsibility to force upon the unwilling, unable or unfit. It is this type of dogmatic societal oppression that causes monsters like Andrea Yates and Susan Smith to exist. And for what Some theocratic dogma that suffering is virtue I’ll tell you what that is, it is an engine of control to keep people in line, to keep people suffering in unreasonable, abusive, and violent conditions. It is the opposite of compassion and humility, we are better than this. #abortion #hysteria #artistsoninstagram #newyorkabortionbill #womensrights #feminism #mentalillness #mentalhealth #womenshealth #pencildrawing #pencil #pencilsketch #death #macabre #keepabortionsafeandlegal #statenislandartist #statenislandart #sketchbook #sketch #skulls #statenisland #newyork