alcohol marker, acrylic paint, archival ink, prismacolor pencil, and collage materials; 9″x15″

“‘Divisus’ addresses a nation battling against itself resulting in a detrimental impact on its people. Eagles, a representation of our nation, battle against themselves focused on deconstructing each other and their ideals. The inclusion of the Owls contains a dual symbolism. The belief that the nocturnal bird accompanies the dead in their journey to their afterlife aligns with many Native American traditions and they also serve as a representation of a nation seeking wisdom while in a protective mode. Numerological elements embedded in the images relate to dates and numbers significant to the impact of the Pandemic and a representation of those impacted by the virus.”

ARTIST BIO: Jamie Schorsch is a Cincinnati-based artist and art educator. She is employed by Oak Hills Local School District as an Art Teacher at Oak Hills High School and serves as the Art and Design Department Coordinator. When not teaching, Jamie spends her time creating murals throughout the Southwest Ohio region and exhibits her works that integrate psychology, religion, literature, and history, which inspire the conceptual and visual development of her artworks. The resulting repertoire of images created illustrates visual, social, and spiritual explorations and issues in relation to modern societal standards.