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It has been said that, “to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you"
Mixed Media

54 x 60 in. (137.16 x 152.4 cm)

Ana Hernandez (Klamath Falls, OR, 1981 - ) Artist

Object Type: Mixed Media
Medium and Support: mixed media on handmade paper made of recycled materials
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 2019.13.1

Artist Statement
Statement by Ana Hernandez, on her artistic response to Kristina Lopez’s experience:
In many practices, it is believed that there are inherently therapeutic properties derived from the stages of breakdown to breakthrough.  These periods, both internal and external and ranging from large to small components, are at their best transformative processes resulting in a release of emotional and physical confinement.  

The feat of releasing pain, relieving trauma, and progressively healing in spite of ongoing institutional racism, systemic discrimination, and structural stigma is an impressive display of dignity and defiance. Furthermore, to reach a higher level of consciousness where one is capable of the advocacy of awareness and forgiveness, is perhaps the ultimate form of sight and vision.

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