San Francisco-based artist John Mavroudis had a sense the cover illustration he just produced for Time magazine might turn into the most prominent and controversial work of his career.
After all, Mavroudis had inserted himself into the heated national debate about Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, using her own words from last Thursday’s Senate testimony to draw a powerful image of her face and right hand.
What Mavroudis wasn’t ready for was an email he received Thursday morning from a person he doesn’t know. It was a woman who the night before had a dinner-table conversation with her husband, who questioned Ford’s credibility because she had waited decades to come forth with her story.
It was at that moment the woman revealed to her husband for the first time that she’d also been sexually assaulted several years ago in her youth.
The email shook up Mavroudis and put into perspective for him the value of a discussion that has gripped the nation.
“In a very bad situation, that’s one of the best things since Christine Blasey Ford’s case has come to light, the fact other women are feeling free to tell their stories,’’ Mavroudis said. “I was on the BART train coming into work when I read it and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’’’
The online reaction to Mavroudis’ striking typographical portrait, which depicts Ford with her eyes closed and her right hand raised as she’s being sworn to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been predictably mixed.
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