2020. Edition of 125
18" x 24” (46 x 61cm)
Hand-pulled red and black screen print
290gsm Arches rag paper with deckled edges
Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist
Summoning fear to benefit special interests is nothing new — especially around the subjects of guns, trade, immigration and health. It also underlies the urgent conversations we are currently having around race, authority and policing. However, under our present administration the concept of freedom is being perverted to an unprecedented degree, refashioned as an instrument to exacerbate political divides. If one person's freedom comes at the expense of another's safety and liberty, there is a problem. Recent events have made it blaringly evident that the consequences of this irresponsibility can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Never before has the productive been entangled so closely with the destructive. While these social times are extremely complicated, certain rights and wrongs remain clear. I empathize with the social, economic and collective hardships that we all face, which is also not to say I am able to speak for everyone. We all want to get back to our jobs, our families and our friends, but it's crucial to be responsible towards each other in doing so." - Cleon Peterson