Elizabeth Stuart, Hope College 2018


In this reading I was really fascinated by the Emancipation Group statue. A lot of what Hatt talked about in relationship with how the viewer relates to the statue based on how the two individuals were presented. The black freed slave being generic and naked, in order to show that he is a representation of all of the slaves freed. Lincoln being identifiable, standing tall and proud, clothed. Most viewer relate to Lincoln, standing clothed and viewing the statue. This idea of art being created to cause the viewer to personally connect with and subliminally causing the viewer to take an emotional side, is something that I had an idea existed, but had never truly thought about.

How if art is able to convey and instill thoughts of “otherness” subliminally can we change this injustice?

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