LITTLE T-shirts and pants are being used to make an unlikely fashion statement in the latest exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga.
The clothing has been encased in plaster and hung on a wall as part of In the Shadows, a display reflecting on sexual abuse.
Artist Anne Riggs said she wanted visitors to reflect on children’s innocence.
“I want them to understand that children that have been abused are really small, they’re little and vulnerable and the effect of trauma lives with them and is deeply affecting,” Dr Riggs said.
The Melbourne-based artist, who works with sexual assault victims and undertook a PhD on the healing impact of arts practice, aims to bring the scourge of abuse into the open.
“What I’m trying to achieve is to show art as a way of putting the experience of abuse into the public realm, to express something about the pain, trauma and loss caused by that experience,” she said.
In the Shadows opens today at 5.30pm and Dr Riggs will give a talk at 10.30am tomorrow.