The Struggle of Sexuality


LGBTQ+, mental health, painting, sexuality

Artist’s Statement: This painting shows a cut and torn up canvas with a blurred rainbow on it to represent the struggle of sexuality and how hard the journey is, often resulting in mental, physical, and emotional pain. I put Band-aids on the canvas over some of the cuts to show that it is possible to heal from the trauma and homophobia, and that the struggle does get easier. 
Rivka Schafer (they/them) is a member of the class of 2023 at The Idea School in Teaneck, New Jersey. They love art, nature, and activism. Their hobbies include acting, photography, singing, writing, painting, swimming, and gardening. They have been dubbed “the ray of sunshine” by their friends and love to emulate positivity. Their biggest goal in life is to change the world for the better.