woodcut print on Rives BFK; 30×22″

“In my 2 woodcut prints ‘My Country Is’ and ‘My Country Is Not’, I wanted to state what being patriotic meant to me, i.e. what kind of country I wanted, and what were the ethical, moral and social justice premises I would like it to adhere to. Being patriotic for me is surely not accepting the status quo with its flaws and injustices that i would be helping perpetuate unless I raise my voice against them and point to their alternative.”

ARTIST BIO: Saad Ghosn, a native of Lebanon, has lived in Cincinnati since 1985. A retired medical professional and educator, Professor Emeritus of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, Saad resorts to visual and spoken art to express himself and his sociopolitical views. He believes that activism is at the heart of art expression. Saad is the founder and president of ‘SOS ART’ and the editor and publisher of the yearly ‘For a Better World, Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists’. He has written about many of Cincinnati’s Artists Activists including in his book Greater Cincinnati Artists as Activists.”