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2018 and the Trump presidency is a time like no other in the history of The United States. The news of each day comes at us with breakneck speed. Everyday is a BREAKING NEWS day. Some people are into it, others turn it off and unfortunately most just lose track. The events happening in our world today needs to be documented and preserved so we can reflect, assess the damage and react accordingly.
2018 is also the year of being transparent. If transparency doesn’t happen voluntarily it will be forced out through leaks, investigative reporting or good old social media. People are watching and peeling under the layers to see what is inside and underneath. The title of this project is Forced Transparency because whether one chooses to be transparent or not, this is the time to be exposed.
Forced Transparency 2018 is mixed media collage art using The New York Times newspaper as its source. Each piece, 52 in total, is dated and represents one week of news starting on January 1, 2018. With the use of paper and paint, layers are created; words and images are seen through transparent colors. Forced Transparency is also about inspiring its viewers to take action and get involved. In The United States we are currently in an election season, so action and advocacy is necessary now. Forced Transparency will remind you of what’s happened in the news while showing you how to take action steps to help make a difference in the future.
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