Forced Transparency

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Artist Statement

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…

This project has been extended through 2019 and up to election day 2020. Events must be documented and We The People must stay aware. Please help with the cause by clicking on the button below and donating now. Thank you!

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Projectile News- Week of January 1, 2018 (24x30)

Projectile News- Week of January 1, 2018 (24x30)

Polarized- Week of January 21, 2018 (24x36)

Polarized- Week of January 21, 2018 (24x36)

United In Sport- Week of February 4, 2018 (18x24)

United In Sport- Week of February 4, 2018 (18x24)

Code Red- Week of February 11, 2018 (24x30)

Code Red- Week of February 11, 2018 (24x30)

Imagine- Week of March 4, 2018 (24x36)

Imagine- Week of March 4, 2018 (24x36)

Tick Tick Tick- Week of March 18, 2018 (24x30)

Tick Tick Tick- Week of March 18, 2018 (24x30)

I Am- Week Of April 1, 2018 (24x36)

I Am- Week Of April 1, 2018 (24x36)

Bring Back Our Girls- Week of April 8, 2018 (24x30)

Bring Back Our Girls- Week of April 8, 2018 (24x30)

North- Week of June 10, 2018 (24x36)

North- Week of June 10, 2018 (24x36)

Snatched- Week of June 17, 2018 (12x16)

Snatched- Week of June 17, 2018 (12x16)

Across The Pond- Week of July 8, 2018 (24x36)

Across The Pond- Week of July 8, 2018 (24x36)

Battle of the Bastards- Week of August 19, 2018 (24x30)

Battle of the Bastards- Week of August 19, 2018 (24x30)

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Artist Bio

Helen Hamblin is a multi media artist and former New York City public school teacher living in Harlem, New York.  In 2015 Helen took a leap of faith and quit teaching to start an interior design business.  Since making that life change, she’s discovered a well of creativity inside herself she never knew was there. Inspired by the political climate during the 2015 presidential campaign as well as national and international events Helen created the project titled Forced Transparency.  Forced Transparency is collage art using The New York Times newspaper as its source.  Each piece represents one week of news in 2018.  There are 52 pieces in total.

Helen believes that knowledge is power and her art empowers the masses to be the change they’d like to see.  Her artwork educates and inspires its viewers to reflect on the news of the past as well as thinking about how to make a difference in the future.  Each piece gives an action step for the viewer to take that goes with its political theme.  We are in the midst of an election season that will definitely define what The United States stands for as a country.  Helen Hamblin’s project Forced Transparency is art that will inspire, educate and create the advocates needed in our world today.