The Artwork of Joanna Fisher

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by
artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when
a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William

The picture below is posted with permission of the artist, Joanna Fisher. 

This is but one in a series of adoption related photography and artwork. I want it all. At the very least, I want her to tour adoption conferences and other places and display it.  It is pretty powerful.   I will post more in the future.

As a communications professional I believe, preach, insist, that people absorb information via different vehicles. Art is one of the many ways we can show the world the trauma and horror that is adoption in the USofA.

Much of Joanna’s work shows the pain and confusion of her own experience as an adoptee. It can certainly touch the dark places in others. I know when I saw it the entire piece for the first time it moved me to tears.

Click the picture to see the larger version. If it is not clear (it is my own crappy photo) the writing on it says:

In the Old Testament. the phrase "I will blot out their names" (to erase their identity…as though they had never existed)  is a more powerful threat even than physical death
.  – Dr. Rollo May

1 Thought.

  1. I can totally relate to being erased. I’ve seen my son’s amended BC and that was very strange. Interesting Old Testament reference. Do you know what it referred to? Punishment of sinners? Or adoption? Ever so curious, since I am dealing with an OT-influenced son.

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