Hi Sharita! Thank you for inviting me to your blog for Day 7 of the Restoration Blog Tour.
For anyone just joining us – this is not your usual Angel Martinez adventure story, and is not a happy, fluffy story. This is a story about a couple’s struggle to recover from sexual assault. A little departure from the posts about debunking rape myths today.
Today is about art.
Cody, the main character in Restoration, is an artist who works mainly in metal and found objects. But his New Jerusalem, a soaring cityscape sculpture that becomes a focal point of the story and its symbolic heart, also utilizes a good deal of glass—bottle glass, window glass, stained glass. Stained glass is an odd animal and an old one with stained glass windows referenced as early as the 7th century. Often still crafted the traditional way by artists from flattened blown glass, the colors come from metallic salts, many of them poisonous (e.g. arsenic.) The lead cames (the support structure) are sometimes copper in modern stained glass, but the assembly from colored glass production to cutting the glass per the design template and soldering the fitted pieces into a whole remains the same.
The stained glass that sparked the use of glass (though indirectly and obliquely) is a particular grouping I saw from New Creations Stained Glass Studio called “Shatterglass.” It’s not actually broken, but it captures a moment in time, a moment of frustration and anger, in which it appears an object has been thrown to shatter the glass. (The website is still up if you want to see them: Shatters.)
Art as an expression of anguish, of rage, is not a new thing, of course. Goya, Picasso, Thomas Moran, Anselm Kiefer, so many others—all directed their anger and anguish into masterpieces. Anger can fuel art as well as destroy it and therapists who specialize in trauma patients often use art therapy as an expressive medium. Many people, especially those suffering from PTSD, patients who are rape survivors, and so on, find it difficult to express themselves verbally. Art can provide a visual expressive outlet when words fail the patient and can serve as an insight to the patient’s inner struggles.
Cody’s art…well, you’ll have to see for yourself. But it’s both expressive of his reaction to trauma and an outlet at a crucial moment.
If you have been assaulted, please reach out. You don’t have to go through this alone.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
by Angel Martinez
Victor and Cody have the American dream – a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other – but all is not well in paradise. Cody’s trust in other people’s goodwill led to one recent assault. A few months later, a friend’s betrayal leads to another. Battered every waking moment by fear and shame, all his joyful creative energy transforms into brittle, aggressive lashing out.
Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior. With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody’s own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship might even stand a chance.
Please Note: This is a re-edited third addition with expanded content. (Formerly titled Aftermath)
Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres who writes mainly Science Fiction and Fantasy with gay heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
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Website: Erotic Fiction for the Hungry Mind