MFA ’12 Fine Arts Low-Residency
During the pandemic, I became an American citizen and was required to study the foundations and systems of the U.S, government. I also took an oath to defend the constitution by agreeing to take up arms if necessary, against enemies, foreign and domestic. All this at a time when Americans have been engaged in a reckoning with their own history, and the sobering realization that democracy is not assured. I came to the realization that my best “weapons” are my voice, my paintbrush, and the exercising of my freedom of expression.
Plans in art and in life are constantly under revision. During my naturalization process I asked myself – what ideas can I contribute to this ongoing construction project we call Democracy in America, and what legacy am I passing on to my children and the nation? These two paintings, my first as an American, are part of an ongoing series in which I attempt to answer that question.