Lili Bernard. La Orisha Yemayá y La Virgen de Regla con Nina Simone and the Daughter, Zion, Whom I Didn’t Know I would Birth 16 Years Later, Intercede in my 1992 Suicide Attempts Post BC Drug-Facilitated Raping of Me, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 24”x24”
I create narrative artwork that chronicles sexual, racial and domestic violence, in a collision of cruelty against compassion. Autobiographical anecdotes of childhood abuse, adult rape and suicide attempts intertwine with sociocultural struggles of my Caribbean immigrant family and ancestors, mirrored in contemporary American life. Afro-Cuban religious iconography and history tether together survivorship stories of the past and present. The unconquerable nature of the human spirit reigns over the impact of trauma.