Good Fences? Good Neighbors?

Visualists explore the topic of immigration.

A percentage of each sale is donated to: National Immigration Law Center

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The Wall

Whatever happened to "Don't fence me in."?
 

Luc Desmarchelier

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Don't Deport my Dad

My imagery comes from reading the New York Times. The stories, often accompanied by powerful images, reinforce my need to pay attention and not turn the page. By using images that speak to me, my hope is that I can transform and allow them to become symbols of injustice, racism and human suffering. As I paint, I think about the person in the photograph and what their web of suffering must be like— who is experiencing pain, how many and why them? In my studio, at my desk, with my paints, I paint a prayer for hope and safety for all innocent victims.
 

Andrea Borsuk

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White Picket Fence

When the walls get ten feet taller, our land is ten feet lower.
 

Leonardo Santamaria

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Families Not Unified

My imagery comes from reading the New York Times. The stories, often accompanied by powerful images, reinforce my need to pay attention and not turn the page. By using images that speak to me, my hope is that I can transform and allow them to become symbols of injustice, racism and human suffering. As I paint, I think about the person in the photograph and what their web of suffering must be like— who is experiencing pain, how many and why them? In my studio, at my desk, with my paints, I paint a prayer for hope and safety for all innocent victims.
 

Andrea Borsuk

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Vacancy

The Birth is the title of my new series of paintings that contain personal symbolism. My recent painting, Vacancy, deals with this content. This painting depicts a nest inside the glass dome with some broken eggs around it. It represents the immigration. Vacancy is a land, without any body, or a mother without any children. Mother is forgotten, but still has hope to see children one day. Hope gives her power to stay strong and bloom again even if there is no way to breath. This painting is in gray color with a variety of colors for the eggs to depict the diversity of genders and nationalities.
 

Pegah Samaie

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Detention Center of America

At first glance, this piece might elicit a cartoon fueled sense of joy that transports some viewers to memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons like the Road Runner. However, very quickly it becomes apparent that this painting does not have a happy message. In an era when immigration is as polarizing as ever, what becomes of the childhood of a child separated from their family and placed in un-familiar and scary environments. It was a challenge juxtaposing this narrative of immigration with the ironic and satirical pitfalls of the cartoon-world.
 

Whitman Lindstrom


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Immigration

Good Fences? Good Neighbors?

If “we” build it, “they” won’t come. If we take their children, they won’t come. The United States’ Great Wall begins to take form. With a new emperor comes a new promise. To keep us safe, to keep them out, to keep our jobs, to create a state, separated from the world -- to form an “us” in the US. What do you see in the wall? How does this touch those who live among us as neighbors, friends, and partners? A great savior or great tragedy?

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