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2014 Copyright Mary Mihelic, Artist.  All rights reserved.

RUNNING GIRL FIFTEEN:

60” x 44”

Mixed Media on paper

SUMMER 2014

DETAIL ONE AND TWO BELOW:

This artwork was made 106 days after the schoolgirls were kidnapped – just when reports started coming in that they are now using some of the young girls as suicide bombers.  The text also alludes to the Biblical phrase “I am” as it relates to God and thus, religion being explosive.  It references when women get angry and are labelled.  And it’s about the explosive moment when the girls who escaped started running.  The first verified report of the Boko Haram using a young girl as suicide bomber was Jan 9, 2015 when a 10-year-old girl was used to kill 20 people and injure 18 in a Northern Nigeria market.  (For the Gallery Bergen show, framed in bridal lace covered in black charcoal, running shoe laces and gold star pins.)

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