watercolor and ink; 14×11”
“My art piece relates to article 15 of Human Rights, the right to nationality and the freedom to change it. It deals with immigration restriction because of the impact it has had on my life as I grew up around many immigrants and specifically about the hope immigrants have for the United States and their hope for change. I want my work to serve as a reflection of what immigrants want/need, and that it is nearly impossible for anyone to come and seek a better life if they don’t have money, education or connections. I used a bird and snake with mountains in the back to represent hope and change, the bird being immigrants while the snake is the hate and restrictions placed in our system. The bird is taking hold of what they want, making a stand and sticking up for themselves. The mountains show the demand for change and how they won’t back down. Immigrants of all types have been suppressed by the ideology that they’re here to ruin the country.”
BIO: Jasmine Martinez Davidson is a Grade 11 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.