Sometimes a wonderful artwork of children might tell you a different story which can be dark and upsetting.
Miami Art Week exhibits Republica and Amigos for Kids set up of children’s drawings about featured recordings revealing what the pictures were actually about. With the stories and the artwork, a video has been created and served like a PSA for the parents and childcare services to be more conscious about the situation.
Here’s the video below:
Floating -This is a drawing by an eight-year-old girl. That’s her on the left. The smiling boy is her older brother, and the animal is how she drew her mommy. Nobody knew it at the time, but they were both abusing her. When the doctors found out, they looked back at this picture. That’s when they realized the girl was floating, with no arms and no mouth. They say this means she felt helpless and voiceless, a major clue of abuse in drawings.
According to child protection expert Dr. Elspeth McInnes, a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia, it is proved that abused children will often hide subconscious clues of their situations in classroom drawings.
Unfortunately, many of these clues are discovered too late. The research outlines several elements that may serve warning signs such as; adult figures drawn with enlarged mouths or sharp teeth, children drawn with missing features, such as empty eyes, no arms or no mouth, children drawn floating in limbo, adults drawn with enlarged arms and/or sharp fingers, and more on.
It is good for the Broken Crayons project to reach Miami Art Week to highlight the subject, although has a potential for a very good social media campaign.