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Posts Tagged ‘#1034 + RECENT + UNWELCOME + POWER PLAY + + Would this be a story with a male artist? NO!; CVATHERINE LJOHNSON’

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sexual_harassment_work

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RECENT + UNWELCOME + POWER PLAY

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A story of an acquisition of my art:

by / of / with

a collector,

a male,

a professional relationship

that became

sexual harassment 

– lewd, dark, sad and horrible.

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ABUSE

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a referral

of a promising collector from an out of state trusted relative:

NOT my choice for the ABUSE

or

of the dark 

which the relationship would become

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virtual communications

between  a new collector and me, the artist: 

calls / missed calls / calls that were never made / calls

texts / missed texts / texts that were never sent / texts

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at last,

a specific original work is selected:

a stunning, beautiful, sublime work from the series of PRAYER

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written contract / bill of sale is approved with the new collector:

he paid in full for the art

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in the early morning of

Sunday 12 September,

a text is received by me:

rather

a

sext

[ sekst ]

noun

‘a sexually explicit text message, etc.,

sent to someone usually by cell phone.’

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example of sexual harassment:

Sending a person sexual messages without their permission, requesting to send pictures

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 the collector’s sext:

detailed disclosure describing

 graphic / descriptive aspects of his external organs,

“…most women can’t me in…”

his very lucrative business,

“…may I show you…”  

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I was stunned / stung and felt sad / angry:

automatically MY BODY LOCKED

trauma does that

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in a moment:

my pink beating heart stopped to black + blue stone

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I navigated the collector’s sext with a decision to NOT respond

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I could/can NOT block the collector because of:

the relationship of the referral

and

the framing / packing/ shipping of acquisition

was completed by my framer

YET

the packaged art would not be delivered

until

Thursday 16 September

– 4 days after his UNWELCOME sext

and

the framer had not been paid for any of his rendered services

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framer informed collector multiple times by calls / texts:

delivery could be released ONLY with a signed signature:

the routine three attempts of delivery FAILED

– no one present for the requisite signature

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I broke my silence to the collector:

sending him an email

with

an image of the framer’s shipping receipt

and

a screenshot of the courier’s records of each delivery attempts

asking ‘what is your plan?’

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as stated:

the courier’s policy is to return the package to the shipper

this valuable, unrepeatable / irreplaceable work of art

would be handled yet again

while shipped back to the framer

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Collector calls me after email,

not the framer:

he YELLS,

YELLING, 

screaming,

verbally lashing out at me

‘YOU DON’T RESPECT ME’

( no acknowledgement / no ownership / no accountability of his sext)

(the framer had called/texted + the courier service had notified him several times of their three failed attempts)

and,

still YELLING,

slams the phone down.

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My involvement:

  answering his call

and

saying ‘hello’.

 

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finally,

the art was picked up by the collector

no response from the collector

about his beautiful acquisition of my art

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framer now awaits payment:

framer, overwrought, states

‘you will be responsible for collector’s bill if my services are unpaid’

never before has that been declared in our 20 year relationship

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Describe my state.

Describe the relationship dynamic.

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Would this be a story with a male artist

in the same professional business transaction?

– a demonstration of the social construct of power + leverage

not practiced by all white men –

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this story has NEVER before has been experienced by me

with any of my collectors’ acquisitions:

NEVER

my remarkable collectors are of both genders

gender based violence* / sexual power plays

are

NEVER

the relational experience

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Council of Europe - Wikipedia

Types of gender-based violence

https://www.coe.int/en/web/gender-matters/types-of-gender-based-violence

* All forms of violence have a psychological aspect,

since the main aim of being violent or abusive

is to hurt the integrity and dignity of another person.

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Thank you to my trusted circles of friends, men and women,

who listened  to me and affirmed me,

as an artist, a women, a precious being

in my time of OH NO recoil:

intense DO NOT TO ME vulnerability.

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I will NOT be silenced:

by shame,

by embarrassment

by ‘get over it’ dismissive

by ‘I don’t believe you’

or

by any excuse / rationalization / justification

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Suffering.

I suffered:

suddenly blind-sided,

clenched in his sext’s soot,

followed by his bellowing

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Women suffer by this drama

perpetrated

by

insecure

men:

men who attempt to assert a dominance

by changing the once equal / respectful / dignified dynamic

into an off the rails, unsafe patriarchal power construct

by their practice of

demeaning

sexual harassment / gender violence

– an attempt to

dis-empower / destabilize / objectify

 women

– vulnerable passive women and confident alpha women.

I am an alpha – always was.

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The acquisition is a beautiful visual song / choir

of

radical hope:

ALWAYS will be

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HALO_THE_PRAYER_WHEEL_2003_CRERIE

photograph of framed acquisition taken by the framer before the art was packed and shipped

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I pray that his acquisition 

– a profound work of hope, radiance, and compassion –

will call out his rooted darkness

and

be a slow balm,

a healing,

knowing the artist,

– a vehicle of the sacred –

a she/ her / female / woman artist,

created the work the art,

the offering

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  this specific

meditative powerful 2003 series

 was

acquired

by / for

private / corporate collections

nationwide

and

in

Canada

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the poignancy and the universality

of the

art’s prayer wheel

– its gospel and hymn –

annuls / makes void / annihilates

the disgrace of his sext:

a failed attempt

to debase / undermine

the artist

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I am Catherine L. Johnson

HANDOUT_PRIVATE_EXHIBITION_CALL_RESPONSE_2004_CATHERINELJOHNSON_B-W_edited-5

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sexual_harassment_work

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6 October

denouement

or

dé·noue·ment

[ dey-noo-mahn ]

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my remarkable framer is now back

from celebrating his 6th wedding anniversary

in Hawaii with the love of his life.

the check from the collector for his services

had been delivered to his shop.

RELIEF

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we spoke of WE WISH of another final resolution,

a denouement that would seize back the light:

to return the payment of his acquisition

immediately after I received the sext

you are not deserving of my art

YET

the payment of the art was already made weeks before the sext

and

the art was framed / packed and was already shipped to the collector

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my framer has ‘danced’ with my art for over almost 30 years

we always have celebrated with my collectors

when they receive their framed acquisitions

this was a first which injured our relationship

and

we certainly did not celebrate with the collector

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we ‘walked’ through the story together and we are good

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my art is a vehicle of the divine

and

its light and strength

is always greater

than fractured

human’s darkness and power plays

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I am human and I developed rosacea

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this entry called out hundreds of personal stories / testimonials

from readers nationwide:

 thanking me for my courage in writing my experience

and

choosing to publish the darkness of abuse

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