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Lighting Candles


Lighting Candles Painting

ShinYoung An

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 24 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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Activists in Egypt called for an uprising in their own country to protest against poverty, unemployment, government corruption, and the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. He had been in power for three decades. I used two candles to represent the civilians’ action images over the backdrop of articles from January 2011. I painted some burned matchsticks to represent the protesters and police officers who had been killed during the anti-government demonstrations. The newspaper images show police and demonstrators clashing; police firing tear gas and using water cannons against demonstrators crying out "Down with Mubarak'' in Cairo's central Tahrir Square. Thousands marched in downtown Cairo, and similar protests were reported in other towns across the country.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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Through my oil paintings, I transform frustration into impact. I cut out news articles to form the backdrop of my work, capturing the disturbing realities I encounter. Amidst my annoyance, I also seek inspirational stories to preserve and enlighten future generations. Engaging viewers with interactive elements, I paint portraits, hands, and feet doing mundane tasks intertwined with the collages. From a distance, the figures stand alone, but upon closer inspection, the articles reveal themselves, urging viewers to delve deeper and become aware. With this unique approach, I aim to make a lasting difference and inspire societal change.

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