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"The Psychology of Torture"
Oil, acrylic, wood and soilon five canvases,
44" x 152"
100% original, 100% handmade
COPYRIGHT©Marta Sytniewski 2011.
This painting begins with a vulnerable man calling for help. Instead of helping him,
a Police Officer is running up to beat him with a flashlight. The common fate in
our law enforcement is that they are there to serve and protect us in our time of
need. When Chicago Police forced confessions, this trust was broken. This painting
is intended to encourage a reconstruction of our justice system. Repetitive reinforcement
of the police’s mission “To Serve and Protect” and a powerful expression of its failure
in this painting are intended to stimulate careful action and consideration for the
accused. This painting Transitions with a graph of “US incrimination rates by race”
and a map of “Violent crimes by neighborhood” in Chicago. This addresses the social
and political conditions that made torture possible in Chicago. These are factors
that contributed to the formation of the “guilty criminal” schema in which the officers
believed. Errors in reasoning that support rationalization for dehumanization of
torture victims are often over generalized from experience and self-
In the middle canvas, the tortured man is dehumanized by his oppressors. The police
though they were doing the right thing while they perceived the victim as less-
The second man in the middle painting is taking pleasure in his actions. This constitutes
reference to Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge calling this interrogation as “fun
time”. Experienced pleasure in humiliation and physical abuse of a victim suggests
that the oppressor feels powerless in other facets of his life. When the torture
embodies a sexual nature, such as the electric shocks inflicted upon the Chicago
police victims, the pleasure-
The second transition displays a news article with the title of this painting: The
Psychology of Torture. This is to honor reporters and activists such as John Conroy,