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Dusty Herbig
Artist
I've been working with modified peace sign imagery for about a year now. Some of them have sliced or tilted fingers to represent a sort of censorship. But in the image I created for this project, I felt the upside down peace sign could look like a figure walking through space, possibly from one social status to the next.

The hash marks, which create that space, function as jail bars or fences. The hash marks are also a mode of counting -- whether it's the number of people in the hood, or the number of loved ones killed by the hood. The light orange, transparent disk represents being watched, like through the lens of a camera. Even though you're from the hood, and you escaped, there's still an uneasy sense of surveillance.

I am from the hood
The hood did not enslave me
I am my master

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