On Tuesday February 4, I was informed that my artwork was removed from the exhibit at the Alliance Francaise. “The Crossing”, (from my George Dubya series) was being removed because it was a political artwork regarding George Bush. I am disappointed that the decision to remove my art was based on fear. The following statement reflects my beliefs on social-political commentary – the art of dissent.
In post 911 America, patriotism is “in” and “America Unites” has become a symbol of this patriotism. Those skeptical of government-sponsored unity have been maligned. Terrorism needs to be stopped. However, it is the responsibility of a self-ruling democratic people to be aware of and openly debate the issues, in this case, the use of military force, foreign policy and civil rights. Dissent is an obligation of a free people–particularly when the very notion of dissent is unpopular.