Polar Opposites

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Acrylic, Pen, Micropen, Charcoal on Paper; 23 in. by 18 in.

In today’s socio-political discourse, sides often completely look past each other, find comfort in each’s niche, and develop a sense of self-defined complacency. I highlight this by visually posing two figures back to back so that they literally look past each other, separated by a divide. With contrasting expressions, each utters a word bubble past the other’s ear. The smug figure thinks that progress is made in “time” but the other isn’t so “happy.” Today, opponents of equality and civil rights often revert to the argument that “today is better than yesterday” so we should show gratitude. Even movement allies at once align themselves and may fail to realize the inherent privileges they enjoy in contrast to those whom they help.

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