I went out and snapped a few selfies to support the story, turned them black and white, added them to a film strip frame file, and cut them apart to add to my banner. To make my background, I masked off one half of my page, got it good and wet, sprayed with spray mist and stamped to add texture. Then I masked off that side, brushed red paint, stamped a cool gear stamp all over, added some watered down grey on top to calm it down. I then just started throwing things into a banner position, adjusted bits, added bit, removed bits, and glued everything down. I cut some clouds out of book pages, printed off my poem, cut it up into strips, and adhered all those down. I decided to let the last word in the poem stand as the title. It's what the whole piece was about.
Evidence used: mixed media background, bird cage, birds, frame, gears, circles, book pages, typewriter, and clouds.
Testimony is a free verse poem.
Silence crashes all around me
Like wild animals behind bars
Silence rings deafeningly
Lips are still
Hear me, oh hear me
Silence bullies its way in
Do not speak
You have nothing to say
Silence roars from the distance