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We (are) the People, 2020

Mixed Media

Mixed Media on Canvas: Alpaca Wool, Canvas, Acrylic Paint and Permanent Markers

40.00 x 60.00 in

101.6 x 152.4 cm

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$4,300
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About The Work

As an immigrant, the preamble to the constitution “We the People” has always made me think - which people, pale face? Indeed, even today, we are not all included—neither Black folks, nor women, nor immigrants, nor indigenous peoples. So it’s up to us to remember, “We ARE the people.” Conquer this place through the vote and our voice, this is the intention of this work. I portrayed women, together, creating a protest flag, alluding to the textile tradition so present among women. To create the work, I used only old clothes that I had in my closet. Clothes that no longer fit me, but that I also hadn’t thrown out or donated. I realized that the feeling behind it was a resistance to accepting that age changes the body. So using these pieces of fabric, cutting, sewing, and embroidering was a process of healing and transformation. I dressed these women with my memories. –Silvana Soriano

Courtesy of The Contemporary Art Modern Project

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