watercolor and ink; 11×14”
“My art piece relates to article 2 of Human Rights and addresses systemic racism in America. I used two mannequins controlled by hands to signify the destiny of people, one Caucasian and one of color. The road of the Caucasian mannequin is on brighter green grass and follows the road into open gates with a bright yellow sun. On the contrary the mannequin of Color is on a murky green road leading to closed prison gates as 1 in 4 African Americans are locked up in their lifetime.
ARTIST BIO: Kylan “Che” Mata 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.