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THE FLAME OF CARE

This is one of my most emotionally complex pieces.

The flame is blue because fire is blue at its hottest. The words within the flame signify both what kids in foster care desire and what they suffer from instead.

Kids in care suffer discrimination because of stigmas. They crave things like autonomy, choice, and freedom so they often turn to sex and drugs giving them some semblance of power in a situation beyond their control. This behavior solidifies their negative reputation hence the chains around her neck.

The words “safety” and “abuse” are side by side because, to an abuse survivor, being abused sometimes feels safer than safety.

The hands are metal balls (no fingers) because kids in care are unable to hold on to anything solid or steady.

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