Mikey Espinosa – ‘My heart is bitter…’

Recently I watched the film Flowers of War starring Christian Bale and Nini, directed by Yimou Zhang. It is about a westerner who finds refuge with a group of prostitutes and Catholic school children in a church during Japan’s rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. It’s a very heavy film to watch with an emotionally draining storyline (my personal opinion) but the cinematography and fashion of the prostitutes were gorgeous. It’s a mix up of Chinese traditional clothing fused with a western influence. The Cheongsam with vibrant colours worn with furs and jewellery whilst hair was worn in curls and finger waves! This inspired the look of the drawing I did and edited on photoshop.   Mikey Espinosa - Bitter heartWhilst researching more into the events of the Rape of Nanking, I also found out about comfort women and it’s something that’s still a sensitive topic today. Comfort women were women and girls forced into sexual slavery during the second world war . This art piece was named and inspired by the words of a former comfort woman who said ” My heart is bitter because of all the things I had to hide.”   But I feel like these women shouldn’t hide anymore I think the tragedy and stories of comfort women during the Second World War should be taught in secondary school and spoken about. We should learn about our worlds history to avoid such atrocities from happening again. Many of the women have passed away and so we should hear their stories before their voices cannot be heard.

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