acrylic on paper; 14×11”
“My art piece is focused on the Black Lives Matter Movement vs. Police Brutality, in response to
Article 2 from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone is entitled to all the freedoms listed in the UDHR without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. In my painting the chain is supposed to represent the weight on the black community- like the weight of eyes watching, or stereotypes. The lights are more straight-forward, representing the police and Blue Lives Matter movement. Finally, the weathered flag represents the “battle” in its entirety, how the more we discriminate against each other, the more we will grow apart, the more later generations will have to fight for equality. We’re all just people, why does the color of our skin define who we are? It shouldn’t, but it continues to define how people will treat us.”
ARTIST BIO: Ash Marie Juchau is a Grade 12 student at Butler Tech School of Art (SOA).
PROJECT: After learning about human rights in Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government classes at Butler Tech School of the Arts, 45 high school students chose a human rights issue they wanted to research. Then in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design classes they visually communicated their voice through their art using symbolic imagery to represent the human rights issue they had selected.