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At what point will a group of people be characterized as the “other?” This concept is important to understand at what point a group of people wil… Read More
At what point will a group of people be characterized as the “other?” This concept is important to understand at what point a group of people will be discriminated against and stereotyped within any culture. There is a certain amount of tolerance granted to a newcomer, however, with a perceived overflow of undocumented workers and people of Latino descent in the U.S this group of people become more vulnerable to being labeled as the other and facing discrimination. This vessel explores the concept of overpopulation and the discrimination that is associated with a large influx of a particular group of people. The caldron form of the vessel alludes to the notion of the American Melting Pot. The figures in the fetal position that fill the vessel all exist as equals. The figurative form has been casted multiple times in white hydrocal. The manila rope functions as to contain the figures in the inside of the vessel as well as suggesting the overflow of some of the figures onto the ground. The remaining rope that is left bundled to the side of the form suggests the unraveling and spilling out of the figurative elements. The figures, which fall from the vessel, are tarnished with terracotta clay. Existing outside of the vessel these figures illustrate once again how these people are constructed as the other and the discrimination that they are confronted with in the U.S. This vessel, tilted in a corner of the gallery, is placed upon a pile of black beans that also cushion the tarnished figures that have overflowed from the vessel. The association between the caldron-like vessel and the beans, implying a typical stereotype of Mexican immigrants, references the concept that the “American Melting Pot” is spilling over and revealing to the viewer the discrimination that exists in our society. Read Less
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