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in “Muted” – Jan 11th 2013

I came across this image on Wikimedia and I couldn’t leave her. She was like a mirror.
As you know I like to work on portraits – usually I feel like I’m getting a new friend every time – getting to know them as the work progresses. This was different. It has been a journey back in time to my own childhood of psychological/
emotional abuse. Painful but something that has to be done over and over again to heal – and do we ever really heal?- I don’t think so, but we get better – and it get’s easier.
So here she is my darlings – she is damaged goods, but holds a lot of love inside her just waiting to be loved back. Don’t let her down. If you are not truthful she will know right away – she is used to it!
Here are some facts about Child Abuse:
Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuating it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is serious emotional harm.

All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school.


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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

    haunting work

  • Thank you very much Angel ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...almost 2 years ago

    What a lovely treatment on such a difficult subject/figure.
    Those brimming eyes ~ oh, my heart.

  • Thank you so much Cynthia – took all afternoon, but I think it was worth it in more ways than one. x

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 2 years ago

    Very powerful, Kira! I can feel the hurt!

  • Thank you very much Barbara ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 2 years ago

    So painful it still exists to much… Powerful work Kira, xxo

  • Thank you very much Anna – much appreciated ☺xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    Being a survivor of this kind of abuse, I can attest to all the damage it can do. It takes years and sometimes even lifetimes to recover if you ever do. Gorgeous work Kira.

  • Thank you so much Bunny, it’s great that you can be open about it. Thank you for sharing ☺xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 2 years ago

    A painful & powerful image to a horrendous action … Abuse is always so near , and to rid this especially in this day and age would be be a mighty step for mankind ! ….. Haunting yet brilliant sentiment dear Kira

  • Thank you for your insightful and kind comment Paul – it is much appreciated. xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 2 years ago

    OH!!!! My heart hurts. This is such a heartbreaking and work…so real. It brings back so much hurt and pain and confusion…a ground breaking work.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • MarieG
    MarieGalmost 2 years ago

    Gosh! Kira…so much emotion in that image…it hurts! Unfortunately…a sad reality for many children…Powerful and thought provoking work my friend! leaves me kind of speechless…………!

  • Thank you very much Marie – I spent many hours on this – it’s kind of like adult me going back and taking tare of little me – if that makes any sense to you.

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsalmost 2 years ago

    This is so sad Kira. One of the many things that shouldn’t be. xx

  • You are so right Jane, but it happens every day. Thank you for visiting and your kind comment ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 2 years ago

    this image captures the internal pain and suffering, the despair and confusion, of a child abused. Such a deeply heartfelt, tender and sensitive portrait….thank you for sharing this with us Kira and for the valuable info. xxx

  • Thank you so much Lisa for your kind support. Therapy can be a wonderful thing
    - and what doesn’t break you makes you stronger ☺xxx

    – © Kira Bodensted

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