A Cardiff School of Art & Design final year BA Hons Artist, Designer: Maker student has created a powerful exhibition to raise awareness of the prevelance of sexual assult in England and Wales and will donate fifty percent of all proceeds from the sales of her work to Rape Crisis England and Wales.
Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are sexually assaulted in England and Wales every year and Sadie Evans tackles this shocking statistic in her final degree show exhibition at this year's Cardiff School of Art and Design Summer Show.
Sadie is a contemporary jewellery maker from Swansea and works using mainly silver and acrylic. Her installation includes a jewellery collection of 1,848 brooches, which reflect the number of incidents that occur in any given week, including the duration of her week-long exhibition at CSAD's Summer Show.
The exhibition also features a series of mirrored brooches, which when looked at from a certain angle reveal the number 97,000; which is the total number of incidents which occur in the United Kingdom in a year.
By asking visitors to wear and purchase these brooches, people are encouraged to have a more open dialogue about this difficult topic and contribute to increasing awareness of sexual assult.
Sadie said: "The troubling statistic that I used to inform my work amounts to roughly eleven rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempted assault.
"Having this many brooches in front of you creates the visual impact of my work. I chose to use simple and bold colours to grab the attention of viewers, in the hope that this would start a conversation about the high levels of rape in the United Kingdom.
"I have always loved creating jewellery and art that reflects my outlook and experiences in life and this is why I chose the degree course at Cardiff Met. During the last few years I have become passionate about the feminist cause, partly from the rise in social media and the instant access to information and news on the internet.
"My original jewellery concept was based on the 'Slut Walk' movement, the protest marches that call for an end to 'rape culture', which involves victim blaming and 'slut shaming' of sexual assault victims.
"When developing my ideas and style, I was inspired by the women who attend the marches and the rhetoric they use to enforce their points. However, I found it challenging to translate this effectively into a jewellery piece, so I decided to draw attention to actual rape statistics in my work, to highlight the plight of women and their objectification and generate a more serious conversation with this issue at the forefront of our minds.
"I am shocked and appalled at the inequality between men and women across the world, and the statistics on sexual violence specifically against women are appalling, so I decided to combine my creativity with my dedication to activism to alert people to these shocking figures."
Academic Lead for Transition and Boundaries at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Ingrid Murphy said: "Sadie's intelligent and hard-hitting exhibition successfully represents alarming statistics and data on a topic that crucially needs more open discussion. The symmetry between the statistics and each individual brooch repetedly labelled in groups of 1-11 continually reiterates to visitors how many incicdents occur in an hour and reinforces the message."
Programme Director, Jon Pigott said: "Sadie's piece brings elements of data visualisation together with a socially engaged three dimensional art and design practice. It is fantastic that Sadie is using her project to raise awareness of such important social issues which are not always represented as well as they might be.
"Her use of colour and design for the body also make this work very eye catching and desirable, adding the potential to disseminate her message to a very wide audience. It has been very rewarding for us to see Sadie's work emerge over the recent months."
Sadie's exhibition will run from 26th May until 2nd June
Cardiff School of Art and Design's 2017 Summer Show runs from 27th May – 2nd June
The exhibition will take place at Cardiff Metropolitan University's Llandaff Campus and will feature work from across CSAD's undergraduate courses. For opening hours and more information, please visit: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/artanddesign/gallery/Pages/default.asp