Sunday, March 12, 2006

Illustration Friday--Tattoo


This is an old piece, but in looking through my files for something, it seemed a perfect illustration for this week's topic. I was always struck by the scars (a form of tattooing) on the man's face. If you look closely at the shape of the cut-out for the woman, you can see that it's a couple standing together, which for me was emblematic of the ways in which slavery tore families apart. The image of the boat actually shows how slave ship owners could pack more people into the hold of a ship. Not unlike how we pack people into the ghetto now.

2 comments:

Ursa said...

strong. good job!

Katili said...

This is a very effective and strong image. I feel strongly the message through it, the red lines are so powerfully speaking. I am touched by this image, a lot touched.