Art & Politics

I have been playing with clay lately. Which usually, is one medium I steer clear of all together because I usually get frustrated with it, fast. Everyone thinks I am joking when I say that since I teach painting and they say that requires patience. Maybe then, there are two kinds of patience?

With the Mad Hatter Festival coming up in June I thought I would try to incorporate some clay, somehow. (OK, I had seen a lot of cool clay piece on Pinterest… you caught me! Ha.) Although, I wasn’t sure of a subject matter. I didn’t want it to be too crazy, in-depth a project, since I do not use clay often. I had seen an article on Bored Panda early that same day that caught my interest.

That article, which was about an artist depicting what social media platforms would look like it they were creatures, had me start to look at social media. A scary thought, I know. Most, if not all, social media has been taken over by politics. It’s draining. I try to remember a time now when social media or any media, wasn’t SO obsessed with politics. That time did exist, right? Or was I just oblivious to everything before? Either way, I decided to use social media as my subject matter, specifically: politics. But, in a fun way.

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Politics can turn people into monsters but that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly.

At least, that’s what I was going to with these little guys.

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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