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March 7, 2010

It’s all in the way you look at things.  Who’s telling the story?  Who’s receiving it?

I’m a little late with this one.  It is for last week’s Illustration Friday theme, perspective.  My college painting teacher asked us to illustrate the same word.  I didn’t have the time to do something new, so here is an old piece that hangs in the corner of my apartment.

Together the three canvases tell a story.  Mostly from slavery through the end of the Civil War, lynchings were used as an accepted form of domestic terrorism.  Of course depending on who was talking about it, it may not have been viewed as terrorism then.

Lynchings were considered a family outing.  White families took their children to watch and celebrate.  Postcards were sent to friends of family who didn’t get to attend, showing the strange fruit hanging from the tree.  One group celebrated while another mourned.  The disjointed canvases represents that disconnect.

“With liberty and justice for all.”  In my perspective, that has never been the history of this country.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 6:52 am

    Marvellous work! Absolutely well done. A great interpretation about the subject week! Congratulations!

  2. March 9, 2010 5:24 pm

    Well… that’s amazing but actually i have a hard time seeing it… wonder what others have to say..

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