Step 1 paint background red and write a Trump tweet

Step 2 draw the image and quote from Plutarch

Step 3 paint over Trump's tweet

   

               “Discrepancy-American Way”  
                           acrylic on canvas. 4’ H X 3’ W

 "Discrepancy - American Way"

   
 "Discrepancy-American Way" is based on a smaller piece from my artwork series “Change."
The piece “Discrepancy” marker and oil pastel, print on paper 14”H x 12”W marker and oil pastel, print on paper.

After painting the orange-red background I added a Trump tweet “Terrible just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” He added, “ How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy.” I then painted over the entire canvas the image from “American Way” and a relevant quote from Plutarch. I then laboriously erased Trump’s tweet (yup it takes effort to get rid of the nonsense ) and filled in the background colour and completed the painting sans tweet!

This quote from Plutarch close to 2000 years ago says it all.
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics”

The Photo
Margaret Bourke-White took this depression era 1937 picture of African American men, women and children in line before a billboard on which a car bearing a happy white family drives beneath the ironic slogan, "World's Highest Standard of Living” and to the side of the billboard is written “There is no way like the American Way.”
This photo image from the depression still resonates today with the ironic discrepancy that exits between what is projected about the greatness of America and unfortunately what the reality sadly is. So many people struggling to get by fearing they will join countless others currently below the poverty line and or worse end up on the streets. Currently statistics say 45 million Americans live in poverty. As for homelessness "Homelessness in the United States increased after the Great Recession in the United States. One out of 50 children or 1.5 million children in United States of America will be homeless each year.  In 2013 that number jumped to one out of 30 children, or 2.5 million. There were an estimated 57,849 homeless veterans estimated in the United States during January 2013; or 12 percent of all homeless adults. Just under 8 percent of homeless U.S. veterans are female. Texas, California and Florida have the highest numbers of unaccompanied homeless youth under the age of 18; comprising 58% of the total homeless under 18 youth population. Homelessness affects men more than women. At least 70% to 85% of all homeless are men. Because of turnover in the homeless population, the total number of people who experience homelessness for at least a few nights during the course of a year is thought to be considerably higher than point-in-time counts. A 2000 study estimated the number of such people to be between 2.3 million and 3.5 million."

Plutarch
Plutarch 46-120 CE. “Plutarch was a biographer and author whose works strongly influenced the evolution of the essay, the biography, and historical writing in Europe from the 16th to the 19th century. Among his approximately 227 works, the most important are the Bioi paralleloi (Parallel Lives), in which he recounts the noble deeds and characters of Greek and Roman soldiers, legislators, orators, and statesmen and the Moralia, or Ethica, a series of more than 60 essays on ethical, religious, physical, political, and literary topics.”

 

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