Using words and phrases from her testimony, San Francisco-based artist John Mavroudis recreated Christine Blasey Ford’s likeness by drawing each letter of her testimony by hand for Time Magazine.
The art, which has words like “haunted” and “I was panicking” written across her face as her right hand is raised to solemnly tell the truth, was released online on Thursday and will be the cover of the magazine on Oct. 15.
Ford, a Palo Alto, Calif. psychology professor, testified on Sept. 17 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982. Kavanaugh has vigorously denied those allegations.
The result? A stunning image that reverberated across the country. And the reaction to it was definitely mixed on Twitter.
"I believe you Dr. Ford, I'm sorry this system failed. You deserved more than this."
"Wow this cover is a masterpiece."
"I hope she will make a lasting impact when they arrest her for perjury."
"This is the craziest propaganda I have ever seen."
“This particular process is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, but with an infinite number of possibilities,” Mavroudis told Time . “I started with an image of Ford and then drew the words in where they might be appropriate.”
He added: “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.”
Mavroudis grew up in San Jose, attending the Queen of Apostles School. He was influenced by Marvel comic books that he fished out of a 7-Eleven Dumpster, which launched his career, according to his website.
Among his claims to fame is being mocked in a David Letterman monologue and working as a DJ. He said that he has sold covers to The New Yorker and his art has been featured on the legendary Fillmore Poster Series.
Time reported it’s the second time in magazine history where the cover image featured a portrait created through typography.
An Oct. 15, 2012, cover of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney featured their portraits made up of statements coming from their respective campaigns.