Expressing Rightness

Mixed Media on canvas: acrylic paints, tissue paper collages, handmade paper collage, picture collages, written words or sentences, newspaper collage, marker drawings, and liquid acrylic paint.

“Expressing Rightness” is inspired from the terrorist acts in Paris. Following these terrible events: attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and the Bataclan concert Hall during the Spring of the same year, I created this work. I did not realize how these events affected me until I started this piece.

As a starting point, I used drips of white, red and black acrylic paints. My initial intent with this piece was to represent freedom of speech and each color symbolized this. White represents the paper onto which the writing of freedom is done; black the ink; red the blood of martyrs that suffered or died to express freedom. Once the drips were completed. I noticed forms and shapes. I drew these forms more explicitly. Most of these forms represented people, the ghosts or unknown defenders of justice. A paint brush and the broken pencil of Charlie hebdo appeared as well.

Then, I glued paper images of some famous defenders of rights or justice: Martin Luther king, Nelson Mandela, and mother Theresa. I wrote quotes from various thinkers about justice or injustice. I glued parts of newspapers from all over the world as symbols of freedom of speech and the right to express what’s just. I glued ripped pieces of paper grids to represent the oppression and prisons that many of the defenders of justice had to face because of what they said and where able to free themselves from. I also glued pieces of red paper to represent the intensity these people suffered leading eventually for some to their death.

My piece then ended up being more about expressing what’s right rather than defending a right - freedom of speech - thus its title “Expressing Rightness.” Art is a a mean of expressing justice, and what’s right, as art is a representation of the soul.