" Before... After "
acrylic, pencils & oil on canvas
13 3/4 in x 17 7/8 in © 2008 Gabriel Navar
Let me provide some insight and thoughts regarding the painting "Before... After". The title and concept was inspired by "makeover" advertisements and promises to help an individual alter, change, and/or improve their situation, usually and more specifically the appearance of their face, physique, teeth, weight and so forth. The idea behind the "before/after" dichotomy is, of course, that before going through some procedure or treatment, an individual's situation was not as good as their situation after their "transformational" action.
The message in "Before... After" is that oppression, racism, discrimination existed and continues. The goal of the painting is to bring awareness to how certain individuals, groups, cultures, etc., are still being oppressed, discriminated against and otherwise marginalized. It is my hope, through the painting, to not only improve and increase consciousness about oppression to certain groups of people, but also to begin and, with a more optimistic sensibility, put an end to it now!
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