Family

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

- Emma Lazarus

Much as the US series depicted, Family touches on issues profoundly affecting our country today. What is more important than family? I saw a picture of a little child, separated from her parents at the border. She was all alone and crying. This was a story I had seen on Facebook. The next 9 or 10 pictures that came up were of my friends and the things they were doing with their families and their young kids. Could any of them even imagine having their kids taken away? I believe our policy of separating immigrant families crossing our southern border for asylum from violence and poverty to be inhumane. 
 

In Family I juxtapose the little lonely, scared girl in a cage, with what every person should be entitled to, to be with their family and loved ones. She is surrounded by families that are happy and together and have a cozy quilt of color behind them.
 

When you look at this little girl, could this not be you at that age, or your own child? Are we so fragile a nation that we can’t envision her becoming a contributing member of our great society? Who knows what this little one is capable of achieving in what we have always prided ourselves as being the land of opportunity, the shining city on the hill? 

“Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us--and our governments, in every branch, at every level, national, state and local, must be as a city upon a hill--constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities.”
- John F. Kennedy

* Athenaeum, Annual Juried Show, La Jolla, CA,  (US 1, now called "Family")

* Athenaeum, Annual Juried Show, La Jolla, CA,  (US 3, now called "Family")

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