This Student’s Stirring NSFW Art Piece Depicts The Aftermath Of Sexual Assault

Body art has often been used as a powerful outlet for emotion, whether that emotion is spontaneous or the aftermath of a traumatic life experience.

One college student’s NSFW art project is sending shockwaves through the internet for its stirring message about the permanent impact sexual assault can have on its victims. The piece has since resonated with an overwhelming number of people across the world.

Nineteen-year-old college student Emma Krenzer created the project as part of an art class at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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Krenzer told BuzzFeed News that she originally created the piece to help herself visualize the permanence of sexual assault.

“I made this project largely for myself to actually visualize the lasting impact that touch can have on an individual,” she said.

Krenzer took a black and white nude photo of a friend, printed a full-size version and began to finger paint all over it.

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Kezner said that she started by painting areas she found to be true for herself while also incorporating what she felt would be common among other women.

“I thought about what was true for myself, and also, what I perceived to be commonly true for people in general, when I mapped out these touches,” she said.

The project’s legend entails what each color represents.

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The orange “my lovers” and the red “someone I told no” can be seen overlapping in several intimate places.

Krezner said that she finished the project the night she returned from the Women’s March in DC and decided to share her work on Twitter.

People were moved by her creation.

And several got emotional.

Kezner was overwhelmed by the response to her work saying it was both “both heartbreaking and empowering.”

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While some were overcome with emotion, others couldn’t stop thanking her.

“Some people told me they burst into tears after viewing the piece and others thanked me repeatedly for creating it. I really don’t have the words to describe how it makes me feel,” the artist said.

She feels that the popularity of this piece was largely due to its honesty and transparency.

“I think openness and vulnerability of it is allowing other people people to make themselves open and vulnerable as well,” she said.

In the future Krezner hopes to create a larger series inspired by her initial piece.

“I just really like working large scale with the human body and expressing important messages about it.”

We really hope to see more from this insightful artist soon. There could not be a better time for calling attention to this tragically overlooked societal injustice.

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