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April 11, 2013

Imaginative meditations on life

PLATTSBURGH — Childhood-sexual assault is the theme of Sierra Rose Rasco’s “Despoiled Innocence,” an installation featured at the Senior B.F.A. Exhibition 2013 at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The show opens at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Lobby and Burke galleries in the Myers Fine Arts Building. A lecture is at 3 p.m.

“It has an interior that is viewed through peepholes, the little fish-eye lenses you have on the door, to see inside of the bed,” said Rasco, a sculpture major with a complement in ceramics.

“That whole large steel thing, what’s going on in the inside is a child’s bed setup. The interior is all white fur, and there’s a large white comforter and child’s pajama outfit laid out on the bed and a bronze cast of a male penis. It’s very in-your-face. It really focuses on childhood-sexual assault. That is what that piece is about. Every piece I’ve done for the B.F.A. show is categorized in the concept of childhood-sexual assault.”

Rasco, a Plattsburgh native, was inspired to explore the topic from people she’s met over the years who have talked about their experiences.

“There’s an incredible amount of stories like this all over that I have heard so many times from so many different people and different families. It touched me. I thought it was a perfect thing to be an advocate for. It was also a healing for the people that I worked with.”

“Sexualized,” another installation, is a 6-foot-by-6-foot room decked out in white-washed kids’ furniture. Inside, a soundtrack plays. The listener hears the altered voices, the testimonies of women telling their abuse stories.

“Each person expressed such a great release to put out there and say what they needed to say,” Rasco said. “It was a healing for them, and I thought it was absolutely amazing that I could be a part of that. It’s pretty intense.”

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