Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Work in progress - Occupy Wall Street image

 The ideas and aspirations of the Occupy Wall Street movement are powerful. I posted a link to an unforgettable video here - Oct 3 - its moved me to create a work inspired by its symbolic message. My idea is to show some wealthy Wall street people enjoying champagne and looking down from their balcony at the demonstrators below. They hold up pet food, (my neighborhood supermarket cashier, whom I've known for years, gave me a puzzled look) Its a symbolic gesture. I protested with someone in mind, a close relative who joined the unemployed recently, and can't find work, and was evicted form his apartment, and is surviving just barely. Last week I held up cat food when I marched with many others, past the homes of the privileged.
I sketched out my idea, figures above and below, and yesterday I started. Donald helped me plan it out, many others helped, its a complicated image to make, as it needs three seperate exposures, but, some of it is done. I just need to add some more figures below, thinking all the time of how to translate social and political -to visual and universal.  I hope to finish it next week. PS- Some of us will go to Zucatti Park- Liberty Plaze on Friday, maybe we can make portraits of the activists.

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