WHO IS VICTORIA VAN DYKE?
I'm feeling sane today.
Maybe I always was, but I didn't know it. The mind plays tricks on you sometimes.
When I was very young (13), I was sexually abused and RAPED by two men I thought were my family. I didn't come forward about it until I was 18. By that time it was too late. They both got away with it and have never seen time in jail.
The sheer frustration, the self-doubt and the depression. That is what drives a young woman to think thoughts she knows is unnatural (ie. cannibalism, suicide).
And so I had myself committed to a mental asylum.
Strange how its the victim who ended up behind bars, but whatever.
My art and poetry was originally meant as therapy, but I have since realized that there are many more women like me (1 out of every 3 women are sexually abused) and that my work has become inspiration for others.
Fortunately, I've been in and out of the asylums and now I am feeling dramatically more confident about myself. My past is no longer my burden. It is my tool to be used to help other women who suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts. Be brave! You are not alone!
Otherwise, like Suzy says, enjoy your stay at the Lilith Gallery.
PS: When riding the subway, always remember to look around to see if you can spot the weirdest person on the subway. When you do, don't stare. They might be a cannibal like me.
Curriculum Vitae for Victoria Van Dyke
My drawings and paintings of the past have been deeply personal and often of a sexual nature. It is only natural that my photography is deeply personal, sexual and sometimes confusing, even to me. I work with models in my photography because I am uncomfortable showing my own body.
Cindy Sherman is an inspiration to my art, but where Sherman is making social commentary, I am more interested in my feelings and my self-identification. The act of drawing and painting is very cathartic for me.
I now identify myself as a cannibal, although I have never attacked or eaten anyone, nor do I feel the urge to do so at this time. I simply am a cannibal who due to social restrictions decides not to eat. Much like a vegetarian who decides not to eat meat. Please remember that I only believe in eating rapists.
To some extent its the mental enjoyment of "thinking" about eating a rapist. Actually finding a "Paul Bernardo", kill him and then eat his remains. Serial rapists deserve to die.
They also deserve to be castrated before they die. I am totally in favour of castrating rapists. I plan to make some art about it sometime in the future. Otherwise, read my one poem:
Castration, castration, how I love thee