Art As Social Inquiry

Undocumented Workers or Illegal Immigrants?

11.18.09

The goal of this painting is to create a focal point on which we can place our national discourse on the subject of undocumented workers a.k.a. illegal immigrants. This image is iconic. The background of this particular model is not known. This will be the only painting representing this issue. My agenda is to connect social issues to real people through portraiture, and to invite conversation.

Maybe the painting stirs up old memories? Do you remember when you first had an opinion about “illegal immigration?” What do you think most shaped your opinion? Do you know any undocumented immigrants? Do you feel you have you been hurt/helped by an undocumented worker?  What do you think you are most afraid of regarding this topic?

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