I have one or two things to say about the piece, well more about the wider effect of it. Just in case anyone needs reminding, they're just my opinions, doesn't make them right or wrong. Mmkay?
Yes it is pathetic that people are so unwilling to deal with something as natural and beautiful as sex, but torture and slaughter is fine, and in media even encouraged compared to sex.
I don't know if this was the point you were trying to make, if not I apologise, but rape is not beautiful. This is not a scene about sex, this has nothing to do with sexualisation. It's about rape, which is NEVER ok.
Plus, it's not just inconsiderate of minors. It is inconsiderate of those who might have been in a similar scenario and such a piece might trigger painful flash-back/memories or even panic attacks. That, if nothing else, is enough for me to believe that this was a piece done out of woeful ignorance at best, and sick twisted fantasy at worst.
I agree with you that for some
victims a scene like this could stir up painful feelings. But, I don't think for a second that that means it shouldn't be seen, which leads me to my next point. . .
It has no place in the hobby. It is sickening, it belittles everyone who has and continues to victim of rape.
It might not have a place in our day to day hobby (such as being on display in a FLGS, or being on your gaming table.) But it very much does have a place.
Disgustingly, rape is still a topic that most people shy away from and ignore. It's easier to ignore it than it is to address it.
I don't know what the artists original intentions for this piece were. And I don't care. This piece gets in your face and screams "rape is still a thing you know. Just becuase it makes you uncomfortable and you prefer to ignore it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen." and, in my opinion, that's a good thing. Because people (and I don't just mean victims here, becuase talking about it for them is a much more complex issue) should talk about rape.
The more we talk about it, the more we ram home the point that rape is abhorrent, that the victims aren't to blame and that it is totally, completely unacceptable, the better chance we have, as a society, of raising generations who are less inclined to commit the act (because of heightened awareness of social reactions) And more importantly, maybe we can stop the cycle of victims feeling at fault.
Of course, I'm not saying that we should be talking about rape all day every day, that certainly would be upsetting for victims. But we need to stop passing it off as no big deal when it is brought up. It's too easy to label this diorama as a masturbatory fantasy from a sick lonely guy than it is to say "here's someone who has made something that will spark discussions about rape and sexual assault in a niche that is predominately filled with men."
It helps spread awareness to people who may otherwise have very little exposure to the issue, either becuase they don't hear about it in their day to day, or becuase they choose to ignore it.
That's a bit ranty/rambly so if you followed it to the end, have a cookie.
But tl:dr "Rape is bad mmkay. Talking about rape with the hopes of spreading awareness and maybe helping to break the taboo of talking about it; good."
Again, just my opinion. If you're looking to take your torch and pitchfork for a night out, knock on someone else's door!