In 2013, Shari Pierce exhibited drawings and photos of hundreds of sex offenders and teenage missing girls at Artes Actual Flacso Contemporary Art Space in Quito, Ecuador. The exhibition was planned during the same time as The International Elimination of Violence Against Women day in November.
"In the beginning there was beauty; in the end there remained a battle ground. In between lies the work of an artist transforming individual cases into evidences of the collective state of affairs.
In 2011, Shari Pierce exhibited images of convicted sex offenders. The following year she started working with images of missing girls and victims of sex trafficking. But irrespective of whom her visual material depicts, Pierce's interest deals with the question of how society deals with sexual crime. To get in contact with Pierce’s work however, we better take up her perspective which is governed by a sensation of latent threat. This ongoing fear of sexual assault is indicated by the title of her exhibition Agraphobia – an anxiety disorder, induced by a perceived threat of unsolicited sexual approach. The application of a psychological term1indicates a certain distance towards the designated condition. From this slightly objectified position– standing slightly next to herself, so to speak – Pierce describes the impact of sexual infringements within her social environment as well as those conveyed on a daily basis by the media."