The Mismeasure of Justice - What a Truly Representative Supreme Court Would Look Like

The Mismeasure of Justice - What a Truly Representative Supreme Court Would Look Like

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They say it's non-partisan.

If you listen to the justices, they'll say that it's an intellectual discussion of ideas and language, that decisions aren't political, but rather based on abstract philosophical ideas about the original intent of the the framers.

And yet, the Senate sure acts like it's political.

And yet, Mitch McConnell, was willing to break the rules and conventions of the Senate to avoid hearings on a Justice nominated by a Democrat. 

The Supreme Court is currently a picture of minority rule.

I started thinking about what it would look like if you could stand the Justices together, but scale them based on how representative their appointment was. I did the math, and formed an equation which was the average of the popular vote of the president and the percentage of the population that the confirming votes represent. 

And this is a painting of how the power should be allocated.

Stephen Breyer, appointed by a popular president with 97 senators confirming looms over the three Trump appointees who look like kids at the adult table. In this world, you'd get extra credit if your appointment was actually chosen by the majority. 

While this is a conceptual work, it's still moving in its own way.

To make it, I did studies of each of the Justices (Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett) so that I could get a sense of what each was like. I listened to all of them speak and watched videos when I could. I really tried to capture a sense of their personalities. When you put it all together, there's a lot to look at, and it somehow fits together.

This is a large painting for me, and the prints are gorgeous.

The actual painting is 20" x 16" and I am printing these at four sizes, the larger is most like the original paintings. I sign and number all but the postcard size (4.25" x 5.5"). The prints are beautiful, printed on Hahnemühle German Etching all-cotton archival 310 g/mA Paper using archival inks. The postcard size is printed on a paper with a slight gloss to it.

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Wild Birds - Anant Pradhan - Larry McDonald

Beautiful expressive print that captures a crucial historical moment perfectly!

If this moment in time had you worried about our democratic process and our continued fight for civil rights you will love this print!

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Mickey Schafer
Eye Candy💕

The Big Rain Roses have not yet been hung -- they are leaning against a wall, waiting until my son moves out and I take over his room for office and crafting space. But the first day I saw these in morning light, I immediately smiled and thought to myself, "Confectionery!" The colors are both full and soft, the water-streaked effect is evocative, and the blue is particularly compelling (as seems to be the case in the Palm Court painting as well). My mother was a great lover of roses, but they are tricky to grow through Florida summers. These two prints give me both the memory of roses and the memory of my mom.

Palm Court
Mark Sanders

Palm Court, the painting takes me back to Palm Court, the place and my mind floods with all of the great memories of it.

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P. Hunter Consolo
It Brings Back Memories

You were either there or you weren't..