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Picking up the Pieces—Symbols of Hope 2021 Poster


"Picking up the Pieces" was submitted to the 2021 Symbols of Hope art contest by Jane Ertl from Mount Saint Mary High.

"When I was faced with the theme ‘Symbols of Hope’, my mind flooded with ideas & inspiration. The year 2020 was in desperate need of a symbol of hope, and I believe that that symbol can be found in the year 2021. Besides the pandemic a major theme in 2020 was the many hateful acts of violence within American communities that were based off of differences between races genders & beliefs. Our country became divided by these acts & will forever change how we view conflict. However, these acts occurred almost a year ago and they were part of a trend that must be left in the past. Now, in the year 2021, it is essential that we are working towards healing. My piece demonstrates a young black woman who is made of broken glass; she is broken because of the spiteful atrocities committed against her race and beliefs this past year. This woman is crying joyful tears because a white man is handing her her last piece of glass, a small gesture with an enormous impact. This entry is to be an example for all who gaze upon it. It is to promote healing not only within major & minor communities, but between them as well, its simplistic design is easy for individuals of all ages & backgrounds to understand. 2021 is meant to be a year of compassion and repair, and it is a movement that must start with every American who is willing to advocate for change."

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%

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