Styx n Stones, an exhibition which explores the bulling experience
Friday March 28 - Sunday May 11, 2014
The intent of this exhibition is to bring to the forefront the scale and scope of bullying in our society today and serve as a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit in spite of untold adversity, cruelty and relentless assault.
It’s the non-physical bullying that picks up after the beatings end and is the form of bullying that the majority of us experience on a daily basis either as the antagonist or as the victim and, it is the most insidious as it eats away at you long after the incident, often haunting the dark corners of your consciousness for years after. It’s incredible how much damage one can do spreading images, rumors, innuendo and outright lies about you and how the effects of ones actions will drag you down to some very dark places. One can’t go a day without experiencing and baring witness to some form of bullying in their lives whether it be at the workplace, road rage, out shopping, turning on the TV, watching the sports highlights, listening to the news on the radio or picking up the daily paper; it’s everywhere we turn. There may be some way of quantifying the total economic cost and emotional toll this has and I imagine it would be one of the leading causes of our economic and social strife and unhappiness.
Watching Amanda Todd’s heart wrenching cry for help brought a flood of emotions and shone a light on the increasing challenges brought on by the relentless 24/7 access individuals have to torment and beat down their victims. The title takes it key from the old rhyme sticks and stones…. but replaces sticks with the mythical Greek version Styx which was the river that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. Styx it is said winds around Hades (hell) nine times. Its name comes from the Greek word stugein which means hate, Styx, the river of hate. A fitting reinterpretation on the age old rhyme sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me …. of course they did.
I can’t claim this exhibition will hold the answers to this problem but I can be certain each and every one of us will find something we can relate to and I hope this will increase our personal awareness to our own actions and those around us. I hope it gives us all a voice to say that enough is enough and to stand up for those who need the moral and emotional support. Every journey starts with a small step and I hope this exhibit will be a small step in the right direction. I am hoping this will be a cathartic exercise for us all and may help lift a burden off our shoulders allowing us to move forward and start building a healthier and happier community. With luck, exhibitions such as this may help shed a greater light on a growing problem and help turn the tide before it eats us all alive.