PROCESS NOTES: From the show brief: to tear down the obstacles of discrimination, oppression, and reckless indifference that keep the poorest of us poor and further weaken those among us who are vulnerable. I didn't want to focus only on the negative aspects of the issues, but I also didn't want something too hopeful. Sometimes people need to be shaken up to get them to act. At the time I was thinking a lot about a Michael Haneke film called "Time of the Wolf" that depicts a harsh, distopian future and what it's like when social structure breaks down completely.
The reality for many people struggling today is extremely harsh and full of fear. I wanted to plant an image of that type of reality, to get the viewer to care and to take action. I started with sketches of a creature rising from the shadows, then was drawn to the deep blue construction paper as a backdrop.