Your Journey to Freedom


Victoria Fomina creates mixed media illustrations on a tough topic for Brio Magazine.

Brio Magazine is a publication aimed at teenagers in the US and tackles subjects which are sometimes painful and close to families' lives. For this issue, Victoria was asked to work on illustrations for 'Moving Beyond Secret Ways of Self-Harm', where the magazine wanted to encourage and inspire teen girls affected by this distressing problem through showing the hope message versus the negative direction.

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Victoria explains, "I decided to use symbols: a merry-go-round of pain and shame. Using the boats and the birds from the illustrations as part of the merry-go-round, symbolizing being 'trapped' and then set free as they move through the article. In the transition from pain to freedom I’m also open to the transitioning of colour, going from very dark grey to more and more colour."