Joan Ryan

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The drawings represent aspects of Martin Luther King’s work in the civil rights movement and the many individuals that have suffered from racism, its persecution and inequality. We see African American faces, portraits of individuals, who have experienced the gaze as “the other,” and a race who has lived on “the other” side of the civil justice line and reflect upon the experience.

We also see acts of persecution represented in collages. The collages are smaller than the portraits and explore the hypocrisy of racism. They serve to juxtapose the civil duality of American culture. The collages reference a historical moment that has challenged the structure of the value system we live in.

"Land of My Father" (2004)
33" x 30", charcoal, pen, ink and watercolor

"Chains" (2004)
33" x 30" charcoal, pen, ink and watercolor

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