The Night My Fiancé Died
“As my fiancé’s life slipped away in front of my eyes I stood by, shocked that the cops didn’t perform CPR. When I saw the same thing happen in the Eric Garner chokehold video, I wanted answers.”
I was recently asked to create an illustration to accompany this harrowing account from Gina Masullo for Narratively. The published story is a grim account of actual events as experienced by the author, which includes references to (and complete footage of) the death of Eric Garner.
My job was to represent roughly 22 minutes of reading material in a single illustration, and I decided to focus on the emotional impact of the story, including several dizzying details and moments from Gina’s account.
It’s incredibly painful to know that the events and outcomes are real, but The Night My Fiancé Died has been an important call to action for me and my hope is that the illustration serves its intended purpose.