Be the Change You Seek
Two-Dimensional Wall Art > Fiber (Paper)
34 x 28 x 4
Be the Change is a mosaic constructed from origami peace cranes. It is derived from a larger work entitled Dear Mr President, which was created as an interactive work to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama. I had seen on the news during the financial collapse that an artist who painted portraits of Madoff and other Wall Street executives in NYC had allowed and encouraged people to scribble and spit on his canvases as a form of catharsis. I wanted to create an image that people could embrace, and love. Up-close viewing of the mosaic reveals a complexity of skin-tone that includes every imaginable shade of humankind. Increased distance from the canvas allows these individual elements to unite and blend into the skin of one man, again illustrating the importance of perspective, both in this work and in life.