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Artwork completed for entry in projecteducate
's "Iconic Tribute Contest" by LiliWrites
Originally made rough sketches (traditional paper and pencil) of Amy and the human heart. Then I imported both sketches into the Autodesk Sketchbook Application on my phone, and eventually created this digital painting. I completed the portrait of Amy a long time ago...but I struggled to come up with any other visual until early this morning. I listened to every piece of music Amy has created so far...and this came pouring out of me.
There are no words to describe how influential and inspirational Amy has been for me. The moment I discovered the alternative metal band, Evanescence, and heard Amy's voice, my life changed forever. I was blown away by Amy's voice; moved by the overwhelming emotion of every song; in awe of the experimental and intense guitar riffs, beautiful piano melodies, and heavy drum rhythms; and emotional over the lyrics, which remain the most beautiful lyrics I have ever heard or read. Fallen
(2003) captures what it feels like to have severe depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - conditions that I have and struggle with on a daily basis, even with therapy and medication. It is a record that has helped me and inspired me since high school, and was the first record that introduced me to the beautiful, addictive, intense, and empowering world of metal. Simply, it changed my life. The Open Door
(2006) is a brave step forward in the long journey of recovery (from domestic violence, trauma, mental illness, suicidal and/or homicidal ideation and actions, etc.). It's all about moving beyond the pain of your experiences into a world that is unknown, yet healing and powerful nonetheless. Musically, this record is a metal masterpiece - gothic, dark, intensely real, and liberating. The most brilliant, the deepest, and the most haunting song of the album, 'Lacrymosa,' features a piece of music from the classical genius composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - the incomplete composition, 'Lacrimosa,' of his final masterpiece, The Requiem Mass in D Minor
(1791). This beautiful piece of music made me want to learn all I could about Mozart and fall in love with his rare talent. The creativity within this record itself is insurmountable. The music and its message is very representative of where I am now - I am recovering from my past, accepting myself for who I am, and discovering life within the art I love. I am more creative and experimental in my writing, guitar playing, and artworks than ever before. I am baring my mind, heart, and soul to the world in ways I never thought were possible. And I am proud to do so.Evanescence
(2011) relinquishes all doubt that time and experience has destroyed the soul. It is a beautiful testament to how brave, passionate, and open a survivor can become. The music is intense, outspoken, anthemic, and incredibly inspirational. 'My Heart is Broken' is the first powerful ballad of the album, inspired by the stories of the survivors of sex-trafficking at the nonprofit organization, Restore NYC. It means a lot to me - as a survivor of domestic violence, rape, abuse, and neglect during my early childhood - for it reveals the never-ending pain and paralyzing sorrow of those traumatic moments that can never ever be erased. 'End of the Dream' was a song that gave me the courage to come out as a lesbian and persevere in a life where I am finally open about my sexuality and my identity. And it features my favorite ballad, 'Lost in Paradise,' the rawest piece of music I have ever heard. This is a stage in life I want to be able to reach - with the confidence, the freedom, the pride, and the courage to live the life I desire so much.
Whenever I need to express myself as a writer and as an artist - I always find energy, motivation, and a deep sense of human emotion in Amy's creative endeavors. And just hearing her voice in conversation during audio or video interviews gives me a feeling of hope and elation I cannot describe. Just her presence - her existence - makes me feel whole.
Amy's activism has also deeply inspired me. From being chairwoman of the Out of the Shadows campaign to end the fear and stigma associated with epilepsy through awareness and advocacy; to performing at benefit concerts for To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) - a non-profit organization to raise awareness and build a community of compassion for people with mental illness, addiction, and/or suicidal/homicidal ideation and actions - and Restore NYC, a nonprofit organization that provides support, care, and shelter for survivors of sex trafficking; to performing at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert; to raising funds in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti through Evanescence's single, 'Together Again' (and I unintentionally ended up alluding to Amy's original artwork for the single in my digital painting) - and all the ways she shows compassion, honesty, and love - Amy has a beautiful, caring heart.
Amy taught me to cherish dreams; to love the rain; to embrace my inner night owl; to believe that good can be born from pain; to realize that death is not the end; to love music; to always follow my heart; and to do what makes me feel alive. But most importantly, Amy gave me a reason to believe that life is worth living.
Thank you, Amy, for giving me the strength to be myself.