Sociopolitical

PUSSY HAT memorializes the pink pussy hat worn during the historic 2017 Women's March. It is comprised of 320 different protest signs, as well as chants and songs from the march. 

PUSSY HAT highlights the true meaning of democracy - the right to free speech and peaceful assembly and the duty to be an active participant in our government, by speaking up, voting, or even holding office. I marched with my daughter and friends. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

CRUDE-FEATHERED FRIENDS OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON reflects the enormous environmental impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in US history. The image of the cormorant is composed of the 77 different bird species found covered with oil, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The oil slick highlights the other species affected, as well as additional spill data. Offshore drilling safety upgrades were required after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but these new standards were loosened by the Trump administration, which also granted 1,700 safety rule waivers to offshore oil and gas companies earlier this year.

BROKEN PEACE PIPELINE calls attention to the environmental hazards of the Dakota pipeline and the protests at Standing Rock. The black snake of 'oil', mirroring the related section of Missouri River, includes the toxins contained in the oil and the species which would be affected by a pipeline break according to an environmental study commissioned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The peace pipe highlights the importance of water and verbatim text from the Fort Laramie treaties reminds us of the violated agreements between the United States government and Native American tribes.

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