Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work
Playing at Religion - Original Work

Playing at Religion - Original Work

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I’m currently fascinated by the photos of Trump and Melania’s visit to the Shrine of John Paul II. Here’s our president, who’s just cleared the streets of protestors, posing with his wife as if for a wedding, with a silver cross in the foreground and angels and saints with halos behind them.

They’re both angry; about what, I’m not sure. But angry and calling on the angels and saints at the same time as the national guard unleash caustic chemicals on American citizens.

In my version, Melania stayed home. In my version, the haloed saints in the background are now the angels that are minted when one is wrongfully killed by the police.

There’s Breonna Taylor, There’s Dion Johnson, Tony McDade, and Aiyana Jones.

Aiyana Jones was a seven year old girl, killed in a SWAT raid in 2010 that was recorded by a film crew from the show The First 48 on A & E. The officer who pulled the trigger was charged, but never convicted.

There’s Sean Monterrosa, Tamir Rice, and Emmett Till.

Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. An all white jury found the accused not guilty, but the two men publicly admitted that they had done the deed a year after the case. They were never punished.

There's Ahmaud Arbery, Alberta Spruill, and George Floyd.

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I paint using gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Arches Hot Pressed 300 g/m2 Watercolor paper. The painting is 14" x 20" and is signed on the back.