Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s momentous testimony against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week took the world by storm, with many believing her to be sincere and straightforward, brave in spite of fear. Now, Time is putting her words at the forefront of its story in a cover by San Francisco artist John Mavroudis.
And, as it turns out, a thousand words is worth a picture.
The latest Time Magazine cover features Christine Blasey Ford's portrait composed of quotes from her testimony by San Francisco artist John Mavroudis https://t.co/oYDFRitj6g pic.twitter.com/gAQIO1g4m0
— Axios (@axios) October 4, 2018
Time posted an animated version of the cover to its own Twitter feed.
— TIME (@TIME) October 4, 2018
Mavroudis described the process he used to create the stunning image:
“This particular process is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, but with an infinite number of possibilities. I started with an image of Ford and then drew the words in where they might be appropriate. 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. It’s a fascinating process to watch the face take shape, while hoping that you’ve captured the essence.”
Twitter users are spellbound, with many believing the image to embody the #MeToo movement and women’s rights at this moment in American society.
Powerful and very well done.
— Karin Bartimole Ⓥ 📎🌊 (@karinbartimole) October 4, 2018
@TIME Magazine left a powerful timestamp on the history by uncovering stories of women and a powerful social movement with a single cover. Tesla and Ford are indeed true American brands.
— Daniel (@churchpost) October 4, 2018
— KLIMOVSKI (@KLIM0VSKI) October 4, 2018
Ford’s testimony captivated the nation and furthered the dialogue around sexual assault. After Dr. Ford testified, calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline increased by 201 percent. The same words used to create the Time cover were also the ones that inspired other survivors to come forward.
Brenda from Missouri calls C-SPAN
"I'm a 76-year-old woman who was sexually molested in 2nd grade. This brings back so much pain. Thought I was over it but it's not. You will never forget it. You get confused & you don't understand it but you never forget what happened to you." pic.twitter.com/uCgroeQ4B5
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 27, 2018
The TIME article that inspired the cover gives Ford’s testimony its due.