Broken Wishes

February 22, 2016
By Woo_art, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Woo_art, Lake Oswego, Oregon
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A wishbone is fragile, yet we bestow many hopes and good wishes in it. Two people grab different ends and snap the bone in hopes to get the larger piece. The larger piece signifies the winner. In this painting, the arbitrary nature of the wishbone is similar to how the color of a man determines his social ranking.
The painting displays two white hands bursting with vibrant colors. The hand holding the axe shows how the white hand cheated by hacking the wishbone in order to obtain the larger piece. The vibrancy and emotions in the white hand overshadows the blue hand which symbolizes African-Americans. It is placed in a lower level than the white hand to depict superiority. The details are more precise and depicted in the white hands to symbolize how the attention was focused on the white race. It is similar to how our society dictates the superiority of another human based on the color they perceive. The pigment of a skin is only the result of light being reflected, therefore racism is a broken superiority complex that discriminates against those who don’t deserve it.


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