Who Are You?

 

 Children are a part of both parents. This artwork speaks to the importance of parental communication in front of the child. Comments about one parent do impact the child.  Had ‘the parents never met’ is a difficult concept to reconcile.   Parental conflict could be handled in private. Commentaries on the co-parent could be made among adult friends and relatives. Hopefully, the parents will reach out to their artist and talk about what is happening,  Divorce is between the parents and about the child!

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…Bigger Feelings

Adolescents may be especially impacted by the events of divorce.  There may be the expectation they ‘deal’ with what is happening. Sometimes, a friend or family member may have the chance to talk about what is happening in their world.  Offering the opportunity to share their feelings is essential.  

#578, …Bigger Feelings

Kids in the Middle: https://www.kidsinthemiddle.org

Innocence

 

A startling depiction of divorce. The title is perfect; revealing the innocence of the child within the midst of divorce.  Each hand has a firm grip and pulling her in different directions. A key feature standing out is the lack of emotion. Is she used to being put in the middle and pulled in different directions by her parents?

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“Divorce” by ElenaOprea photographyt: deviant art/Divorce-82552217

#563, Innocence

 

Officially Divorced

A scribe in the center indicates this is a different time period.  Is this father holding the papers making the separation legal? Or, why are his children being separated from him?  Closed eyes and hand on his heart show the separation may not be his idea.  One child is looking to their father.  Children being separated from a parent is a devastating event regardless of the time period.

#561, Officially Divorced

Unhappy Court Appearance

 

A powerful picture! The power of the judge is indicated by a gavel, pen, and paperwork.  Scales are in view.   Is this a fair case? Are the red hands indicative of something?  Two parents and a child are at the desk.  Suitcases packed; does this mean someone is not going home?  Mom and dad are fighting.  The child is in the middle of his parents with large tears streaming down his face.  

#560, Unhappy Court Appearance

Something is Missing

 

Stunning artwork! This child is surrounded by a very large inventory of toys! Yet, she appears very sad. Two parents appear in the shadows. Both parents are on the phone, in what appears to be, a heated conversation. The look on the face of this young girl is captivating. Has she experienced hearing her parents fight before? Will her parents notice their daughter and tend to her emotional needs? Seemingly, regardless of the number of toys, overhearing harsh words by the two people she loves, adores and trusts may be confusing and disruptive to her emotional world.

Deviant Art.  Something is Missing by VivalaVida.

Link to artwork: http://vivalavida.deviantart.com/art/Something-is-missing-176997189

#557-277, Something is Missing

Broken Child

 

This artist perfectly captures the process of brainwashing. Child is broken all the way to the heart. There is a feel of mystery in how the child appears with the legs of the child showing from behind. Each parent is spouting their words of ‘truth’. This appears to be a volatile ‘conversation’. Seemingly, neither parent is demonstrating concern for the child. Do these parents realize how harmful their actions are? Will either parent put their own anger aside and tend to the needs of their child? 

 

#484, Broken Child

Deviant Art, TheaSinensis

Family Values

 

A captivating poem on the dynamics within the context of a family separating.  This artist shares the emotional aspects of being a member of a family of divorce. Even more intriguing, she conveys feelings of love and loss and the parent-child bond.  The last two lines describe the significance of the separation process.  An outstanding presentation to the impact of divorce on family and society.

Acidic words burn like fire, as angry yells shatter and tear
Children hide in a corner with fear, clutching a tattered teddy bear
No alcohol or drugs flow in this house; bitter substances aren’t the poison here
Only the lack of love and personal caring, are the causes of these endless salty tears
A value can not be placed upon love, nor the loss measured when there’s none
The damage here is impossible to calculate, because a father doesn’t love his only son
To many mothers a daughter brings joy, but here the two can’t share a smile
Two siblings wage war upon each other, while their parents await a divorce court trial
Twenty years ago, this would seem dramatic, now the situation goes on next door
The degrading of the global family unit is so common people don’t see it anymore.
#462, Family Values
Poem: l-piroko-l Deviant Art 
Artwork: Dragon Queen, l-piroko-l Deviant Art 

Split Family

 

 

This artist shares a common them in divorce.  The obvious message is how everything changes in divorce. Artist states: “One nasty divorce later, and the identical twins are wishing their parents were totally different. Because they love each other! But now they have different last names, homes, and parental units. Together and apart at the same time!”

 

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#454, Split Family

Deviant Art Split Family y unsinkable-spirit

Saying Goodbye

 

An emotional and poignant representation of divorce.  This father appears forlorn and sad. He is  clutching his heart that seems to be ripped out of his physical body. Is his child standing before him, reaching up to daddy with teddybear in hand, before leaving with mom?  Mom has no facial features and seems confident with long, flowing hair and her dress appearing to meld within the scenery.  She is going in a different direction; her hair running under a dark cloud touching the fathers head. Is this dad being left on the wayside? When will this father see his child next? More importantly, will this child have the opportunity to enjoy a loving relationship their father?

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Edvard Munch, Maryville, TN

#250, Saying Goodbye

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