Who Do I Hate?

from American Gothic 11x14 thumb

Who Do I Hate?

Look closer to find ten quotes: 

  1. “United we stand. Divided we fall.”
    WWII Propaganda Poster also Aesop, Greek fabulous and storyteller.
  2. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr., American Baptist minister and activist most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.
  3. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
    Henry Ford, American captain of industry and business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the assembly line technique of mass production.
  4. “Yeah, we have our differences, but we put those aside, and now we are making music. It’s great.”
    -Alex Van Halen, drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen.
  5. There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.”
    Pat Riley, American professional basketball executive, and former coach and player in the National Basketball Association, winning four championships with the LA Lakers and one with the Miami Heat.
  6. “People, I just want to say, ‘Can we all get along? Can we get along?”
    -Rodney Glen King, construction worker turned writer and activist after surviving an act of police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department. (Quote, May 1, 1992)
  7. “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
    -John F. Kennedy, American politician and journalist who served as the 35th president of the United States.
  8. “There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas.”
    -Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda who was instrumental in commanding the rebel force that ended the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 
  9. “If one suffers we all suffer. Togetherness is strength. Courage.”
    -Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected president.
  10. “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
    -Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister

from American Gothic

American Gothic, 1930 painting by Grant Wood, inspired by a House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” It depicts a farmer w/ pitchfork standing beside a woman, in a colonial print apron, who has been interpreted to be his sister.

Frustrated with the current (2019) political conversation, how it contains both anger and disparity, I depict Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton making these faces, if they were to hear these quotes.

The artwork:

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in pastel, graphite and prisma color.
Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in March of 2019 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations

DERIVATIVE Work

Prints available.

email tobincbort@yahoo.com

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