This post was written by Gabby D. in response to the Day 12 Challenge Action: Reflect on politically or socially motivated artwork.
We all have to admit that with the high and rising tension produced by the most recent presidential election, responsible citizenship has most likely not been a priority for the majority of Americans. The 30 Day Challenge helps us to stay on track and start small. As a school, the challenge allows us to focus on what we can do both as individuals and as a community to maintain responsible citizenship throughout this difficult time. Art, is a wonderful way to express feelings and open up about a particular political or social issue. As a creative outlet, art is a technique for relieving stress as well. So, if you are ever feeling angry, upset, uncomfortable, unsafe, or just about anything, but cannot find the words to show how you feel, art just might help you voice your opinion.
Christina Galbiati is a designer, educator, and contemporary artist who resides in the northeastern region of Pennsylvania. She works in collage and makes efforts to express her opinions and feelings on almost anything that occurs in her life. On her website, there is a “Social Art” section that welcomes people to view her series of collages reflecting on controversial social issues as well as tense political situations. One piece that caught my eye is entitled “A Nation Divided” (pictured below). Galbiati based this image upon her feeling following the 2004 Kerry/Bush election. Motivated by the strict divide that emerged in the United States at the time of the election, Galbiati successfully used contrast to express the spilt feelings of Americans. While this particular collage was created not in reference to the Trump/Clinton election, it remains very relevant today.
Galbiati’s piece conveys the splitting of citizens of the United States based upon political views that followed a highly controversial election. She uses a cluster of words such as “out of touch,” “greed,” and “money” to form the silhouette of the United States. Galbiati uses those particular phrases to suggest that Americans do not seem to be on the same page and elaborate on why there is such a disconnect. While the overall message of Galbiati’s “A Nation Divided” is rather frightening, it is still beautiful that she was able to expresses her feelings through the creative outlet of art.
For more of Christina Galbiati's work, check out her blog