Friday, February 10, 2012

American Phoenix...

Sunflowers, which blindly follow the sun have become a symbol of infatuation or foolish passion. I use this symbolism to reflect how blindly the people followed Obama just because he was "black"(wanting so badly for any type of "change" in America). This desensitized generation driven by instant gratification chose him, hoping for a tourniquet/quick fix in a hemorrhaging nation, where the American dream was now a dream of excess instead of one getting their fair share. As Obamas first term continued (a stopwatch was attached to the fixing of accumulated problems), a lot of followers felt betrayed, due to the "slow" results produced. Slaves to their accustomed ways of living in abundance where the slogan for change became more towards internal individualistic minimalism than previously interpreted as an external change, thought to take place immediately after casting their vote. The butterflies I use in the piece symbolize change (a slogan Obama used) and rebirth after being inside a cocoon for a period of time representing Americas future, hopeful, in the time needed to go through the phases in order to successfully transform.


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