We The People

Michael Maura, Northeastern Illinois University

Neva Sills is the faculty sponsor of this project.

Description

American values are being put to the test due to our unwillingness to confront our biases as a nation. We ignore what we see in front of us because it’s easier to be non-committal than controversial. Artist have the ability to voice our thoughts to our audience to entice provoking conversation. I create art that deals with the current practice of violence and bias directed against people of color. I use my art to frame an agenda that questions policies that allow people to be shot down in the street or children taken from their parents at our border. I also use art to contradict the traditional depiction of beauty extracted from a system of white hegemony. Pointillism allows me to dissect images to allow the basic elements (each point) to be as important as the whole. Art should deliver a message. The message should be as diverse as we are and, if necessary, confrontational. My latest portrait uses oil-based markers and pointillism to create the appearance of texture and segmentation. I chose symbols and analogy to extend my message. My central figure is Colin Kaepernick the controversial quarterback who took a knee during the playing of theNational Anthem. Written in fragmented text across the image of Colin are the words “We The People.” My intent is to reference Tupac’s “Thug Life” definition. The Hate U Give Little Infants F_cks Everybody. My definition of “We The People” is When Egalitarianism Transcends Hate External Programs Extend Opportunity Prosperity Longevity Evolution. I am fragmenting the picture to enhance my paintings message of a fragmented society. The essence of this particular work is to present the “new” face of protest and black activism.

 
Apr 19th, 12:00 AM

We The People

American values are being put to the test due to our unwillingness to confront our biases as a nation. We ignore what we see in front of us because it’s easier to be non-committal than controversial. Artist have the ability to voice our thoughts to our audience to entice provoking conversation. I create art that deals with the current practice of violence and bias directed against people of color. I use my art to frame an agenda that questions policies that allow people to be shot down in the street or children taken from their parents at our border. I also use art to contradict the traditional depiction of beauty extracted from a system of white hegemony. Pointillism allows me to dissect images to allow the basic elements (each point) to be as important as the whole. Art should deliver a message. The message should be as diverse as we are and, if necessary, confrontational. My latest portrait uses oil-based markers and pointillism to create the appearance of texture and segmentation. I chose symbols and analogy to extend my message. My central figure is Colin Kaepernick the controversial quarterback who took a knee during the playing of theNational Anthem. Written in fragmented text across the image of Colin are the words “We The People.” My intent is to reference Tupac’s “Thug Life” definition. The Hate U Give Little Infants F_cks Everybody. My definition of “We The People” is When Egalitarianism Transcends Hate External Programs Extend Opportunity Prosperity Longevity Evolution. I am fragmenting the picture to enhance my paintings message of a fragmented society. The essence of this particular work is to present the “new” face of protest and black activism.