A few years ago I made the decision to leave a very oppressive religion that forbid me to involve myself in the politics of our time. I had never voted, I had never paid much attention to the political system in place, I never considered the privileges I benefited from, the inequality all around me, and I had definitely never protested.
Since meeting my partner Yvonne, I’ve made it a priority to listen and learn, she’s an inspiration, and the print starts with an image of her from a demo after the 2016 presidential election. I used that photo as the basis for the print, and developed it further by considering everything going on around us in 2020 - the face covering as a protection from a disease that our government has failed to address properly, the face covering as a protection from fires as our government fails to understand the existential threat facing our environment, the face covering as a protection during demonstrations, as our government aims to criminalize those who dissent in any disruptive way.
I wanted to do a reductive woodcut print that illustrated the flames rising around a person that hopes for a better future and protests the problems we face now, as we must all do, in whatever way we are able to.
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Artist: Anthony Rasonsky
Anthony Rasonsky "Are You Satisfied?"
Woodblock on Stonehenge paper.
Printed in the artist's home studio in Oakland, CA.
Limited edition of 25.
15 in. x 22 in.