The Scream by Patricia Ariel

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Small 8.0" x 10.9"
Medium 12.0" x 16.4"
Large 16.0" x 21.9"
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The Scream is basically a piece about violence against women, a subject that really sensitizes me not only for being a woman, but also for being human and for dreaming and working for a better world based on respect and equality.

I didn’t want a piece that was oppressing or showed only the pain of the violence or abuse. I wanted something dynamic, that could have a “voice”, that could help people to reflect about how to change things. The symbolism of the piece is quite simple and direct. There’s a dual figure in the center. She might be the same woman in two different attitudes, if you like. The red-haired one is scared and in pain. She holds her bleeding heart and wears a mask to keep herself hidden from judgment or other losses. She might be the one who was raped in a party after drinking too much, the one who was abused for a family member but preferred to hide in order to do not cause disturbances in the family, the one who was beaten for her husband but kept silent for fear of losing her children. She might be one of the Congo women. She might be me, or you.

The black-haired woman doesn’t wear a mask. She is screaming – although sometimes I think that she is in fact singing. What she releases from within herself is a bird, red as life. Is the desire for freedom from a world conquered by force, not love. She screams her right to be treated as a human being instead of a second-class citizen, as a partner instead of a subordinate. Her right to express her own ideas and have their own attitudes without being demonized for them.

There are also masks at the bottom, a pile of masks without faces behind them. They once belonged to women who decided to scream instead of keep silent and anonymous. That decided to stop pretending that that’s how the world is and there’s nothing that can be done to change it. But there’s so much one can do just by having a voice… And use it to demand respect for being human is urgent.


  • orpheusine
    orpheusineabout 6 years ago

    This is so powerful and moving….this conveys so much. I really like what you have written too.
    The red-haired woman holds the grief and feels it deeply as she know that is the only way to come to terms..her heart is bleeding yes, but she holds it in her hand, truly feeling the depth of pain, but also still holding onto her heart.
    I see the black-haired woman more as yelling and singing too, with the bird representing the freeing of her voice as well as her song like that of a songbird…she is not afraid to tell the truth and know that the world will be better for the hearing of her story, ….she holds anger too, but knows that it can be used as energy to demand change in this world.

  • I just love the way you interpreted this work. made me see other facets of the thought I wanted to express and also see its power to reach people’s heart, which is my main goal as an artist. thank you so much!

    – Patricia Ariel

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 6 years ago

    you are an amazing artist and i am in complete awe…
    i am an instant fan of your mesmerizing art…

  • you are too sweet and a great artist. thank you so very much!

    – Patricia Ariel

  • TerryHinkle
    TerryHinkleabout 6 years ago

    This a a real work of art. I am so excited to find your art.

  • that makes me very happy. thank you!

    – Patricia Ariel

  • Astoreth
    Astorethabout 6 years ago

    Incredible art and message!!

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful, moving and touching piece. Absolutely incredible.

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1about 6 years ago

    Amazing work! Truly!

  • Patricia Ariel
    Patricia Arielabout 6 years ago

    many thanks guys, that means a lot to me!

  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettabout 6 years ago

    So amazing.

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederabout 6 years ago

    Stunning. I hope to see a world with a great big pile of masks, one day :-)

  • so do I, Barbara. but i understand how difficult it is, we are still so attached to cultural conditionings that this is is a slow job. thanks for your nice comment!

    – Patricia Ariel

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 6 years ago

    Yay!!! You made it!!! And look at how fast people are finding you…that doesn’t shock me, your work, especially you new work, is AMAZING!!!! Love to you sister!!!

  • yes!! I am very very happy for have joined RedBubble, the artists community here is so amazing and supportive! I barely can keep track of all my messages, faves and stuff. amazing. by the way, I’m thinking about planning a group exhibition. do you think you are ready for something like that?

    – Patricia Ariel

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