acrylic on paper; 11×14”
“This piece is about bias in the media and how it can influence you and your opinions. Bias in the media can go any way and in favor of any group of people, so I wanted to show that it’s not specific to one party. My piece is about the freedom of opinion and information. The eye, which most commonly represents intelligence and one’s self, is used as such and has been locked behind bars to show the lack of self-thought. The gloved hand that encompasses the eye shows the influence and control that the media has over one’s mind. The yellow iris represents the violence that bias can cause and the internal conflict that does happen. Tears are most commonly connected to sadness, but I use it to highlight the fear that the mind feels.”
ARTIST BIO: Skylar Hall-Bunger 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.