Coercion<br>by Rachel Owen<br>(Lockport, IL)

Coercion
by Rachel Owen
(Lockport, IL)

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*** WINNER of the Best in Show Prize ***

Framed Photographic Composite Printed on Fine Art Satin Baryta, 26.5" x 15.5"

Coercion
Coalescence so accessible despite loss of connection
turn a blind eye, convenience lives with deception

To detach from the instilled or drink in the mire
It merits conversation, the decision is dire

In a world of augmentation coercion runs deep
don’t know who to trust, don’t know who’s the sheep

Artist Statement

The 12 images in Response are an interpretation of the 2020 covid pandemic and the resulting cultural and political melee. It is a glimpse into modern society's polarization and paramount need for social acceptance and simultaneous imperative self-isolation. It explores exfoliation of social interaction to reveal the heart of the self, experienced in a new way, or perhaps for the first time, by so many in first world countries. It explores a new relationship with the self both welcomed and resisted, and how the turmoil of pandemic is a metaphor for pandemic of the soul.

The images are designed in such a way as the viewer will see his/her own political agenda glorified. As much as Response is about inner turmoil and reflection there is also a sense of hope and rebirth attached to the images. It probes at a new sense of self and a hopeful restart that can come from humanity and the earth if only we choose to activate it.

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