According to eonline.com:
L.A.-based pop artist Sham Ibrahim's new portrait of [Rihanna] is based on the now infamous police photo showing the singer bruised and bloodied.
But Sham's intent is not to raise awareness about, let's say, domestic violence. Instead, his reasons for creating the [24-inch by 36-inch] Andy Warhol-like piece—which is featured in the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery's new group show, Name That 'Toon, opening tonight in Hollywood—are quite simple…
"I thought the bruises in the police photo were interesting shapes to draw," he says. "And it was cool to color them pink and blue. Those are two of my favorite colors."
But don't take it personally, Rihanna:
"There is no message to any of my art," he says. "It's meant to look cool hanging on your wall and that's it! I'm not into deep meanings."
What do you think? In choosing this image, does Ibrahim have any responsibility or obligation to Rihanna in particular, or to victims of domestic violence in general? Or does his freedom as an artist trump all of that?