Artist Shannon May Mackenzie made “Rotatio” as a response to being raped (VIDEO).

An Artist Documented Her Rape in an Elaborate Artwork She Then Destroyed

An Artist Documented Her Rape in an Elaborate Artwork She Then Destroyed

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April 13 2017 9:49 AM

Rotatio

A short documentary about an artist who processed her rape through a work she then destroyed.

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Artist Shannon May Mackenzie drew thousands of tick marks on a wall. Interspersed within those tick marks were sentences. They told the story of her rape.

Mackenzie embarked on the piece, “Rotatio,” as a way to heal. “Purging is the best way to describe this piece,” she explained. “Little fragments of myself that I don’t want to carry any more.” The work was a six-foot circle: When the camera in the video shows us the final product, we see that one-half of the circle is neat, while the other is disintegrating. As part of the process, Mackenzie painted over the piece after she was done.

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The only record of her work is the short documentary by Ian McClerin above.

Madeline Raynor is a Slate freelance video blogger.