Peace is Now Here OR Peace is No Where
A statement about the work: This print follows the long tradition of social commentary in graphic arts. El Milagro means "The Miracle" in Spanish and the miracle, for some, would be to find a hole in the US border fence with Mexico. The idea is to summon issues of immigration without reference to specific bodies, in order to elicit empathetic imagination in the viewer.
The screenprint Reasonable Doubt depicts a line of police crime scene tape and the word Suspect. In light of recent violent incidents (and in fact the long history of them) involving law enforcement and people of color, the public has questioned the use of excessive force. Who is a suspect, simply on the basis of skin color? Whose actions might be considered suspect if unarmed citizens end up dead after mere traffic stops, after street corner vending, after calling for help? What suspicious ideas justify drawing weapons on children in swimsuits or playing in a park? Which lines are crossed when everyone of a certain race looks like a perpetrator to the police? Isnít it reasonable to doubt that peace officers can be trusted to both protect and serve the whole populace? And how do we as a society move to address the cultural and institutional racism that perpetuates these ongoing deadly consequences?
Austerity is one of the main post-recession words. This belt has no more notches to tighten. This applies to all the austerity measures imposed by the so-called first world on debtor nations as well as cheap-ass governments on the poor, domestically. Austerity measures disproportionally affect poorer populations, with fewer resources to expend. They bring disaster to folks just barely getting by and breed understandable resentment. This print uses text and an everyday object in an exploration of people's capacity for disregard for one another. Purposefully not referring to individuals, or a specific race or gender permits more viewers to perhaps identify with the subject. Setting the content in an 'empty' but active field calls up the expanse of the imagination, meant to invoke consideration and empathy. The text refers to specific events today, but in very minimal ways, so people might think about what may be included in the metaphor, and by extension, consider a myriad of related issues affected by the structures of power, money, authority, governance, greed and social systems.