The nomination of one Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has gone beyond the debate of his judicial record and his pedigree. What his nomination represents is the elevation of a man to the highest court in the U.S. who has been publicly accused of by a woman of grave sexual misconduct.
To signify this woman’s courage in speaking about this traumatic past against a man who has gone on with his life without bearing the repercussions or consequences of his actions, TIME Magazine has acknowledged this act in a beautifully creative manner.
The magazine has put Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford on the cover of this week's issue. But it's not a photograph of Ford; it's an illustration of the words and phrases from her testimony arranged into a striking image of her taking an oath.
San Francisco-based artist John Mavroudis illustrated the cover. He drew each letter and phrase by hand. He told Time the process was like a jigsaw puzzle with an "infinite number of possibilities."
"The memory quotes would be attached to her forehead area, and the quotes about wanting to help I placed on her hand. The hand could be seen as welcoming, but also deflecting," Mavroudis told Time.
Phrases on her forehead include: "I'm terrified," "agonized daily" and "seared into my memory." On her hand, Mavroudis included "traumatic experience," "personal attacks and invasion of privacy" and "constant harassment and death threats."
The Time cover story delves into the impact Ford’s allegation, the hearing that included her and Kavanaugh and the aftermath of the events will have on the country.